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What makes primary progressive multiple sclerosis different than other types of multiple sclerosis?

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A few things make primary progressive multiple sclerosis different from other types of MS:

  • People with primary progressive MS are usually older when they’re diagnosed -- an average age of 40.
  • Roughly equal numbers of men and women get it. In other types of the disease, women outnumber men 3 to 1.
  • It usually leads to disability earlier than the most common type, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

SOURCES:

Miller, D. , 2007. Lancet Neurology

Goetz, C. 3rd edition, Saunders, 2007. Textbook of Clinical Neurology,

Rovaris, M. , 2006. Lancet Neurology

Tullma,n M. , 2004. Multiple Sclerosis

Acherio, A. , 2007. Annals of Neurology

Sadovnick, A. , 1993. Annals of Neurology

DeStefano, F. , 2003. Archives of Neurology

National MS Society: "Viruses."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Miller, D. , 2007. Lancet Neurology

Goetz, C. 3rd edition, Saunders, 2007. Textbook of Clinical Neurology,

Rovaris, M. , 2006. Lancet Neurology

Tullma,n M. , 2004. Multiple Sclerosis

Acherio, A. , 2007. Annals of Neurology

Sadovnick, A. , 1993. Annals of Neurology

DeStefano, F. , 2003. Archives of Neurology

National MS Society: "Viruses."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

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