Multiple sclerosis (MS): disease with a thousand faces

21 October 2017

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Signs and course of the nerve disease can be so different from case to case they as "Disease with a thousand faces" applies. In Germany about 120,000 people are living with MS.

Multiple sclerosis is the most common disease of the nervous system in young adulthood.

Another term for multiple sclerosis is disseminated encephalomyelitis (.. Greek enkephalos = brain = myelos Mark, sow lat = disseminare, scatter), because: trigger MS include inflammation of the myelin sheath of nerve fibers of the central nervous system. Whose causes are still Not exactly known.

Multiple sclerosis can be through a variety of symptoms express that can occur with other diseases, for example:

To determine whether such complaints are really signs of multiple sclerosis, a test of nerve functions (so-called. neurological examination) helpful. Additional possible for diagnosis MS a brain water examination, a measurement of nerve activity by a so-called electroencephalography (EEG), and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are used.

The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy is divided into different areas:

Since multiple sclerosis very differently runs, an individual prognosis is not possible. In general, the outlook is, however, better than often assumed: Even after a long course of disease, many people with MS are still employed or work relatively unrestricted in the household. In more rare cases, the disease is only with very few relapses and leads only to very few restrictions.


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