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Types of MS

Types of MS

There are different types of MS. Each type has its own characteristics. A single episode of symptoms is called Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS). CIS is an initial episode of inflammatory demyelination in the central nervous system. The CIS episode puts a person at risk to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) in the future.To diagnose CIS, the patient’s symptoms must be typical of MS symptoms.

 

*MSinfoWiki.ca. (August 2007). Types of Multiple Sclerosis. Retrieved June 2011, from MS Society of Canada:

http://www.msinfowiki.ca/index.php?title=Types_of_Multiple_Sclerosis

Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS)*

People with RRMS experience distinct attacks, also called relapses or exacerbations. These attacks are followed by complete recovery (remission) or partial recovery. Approximately 55% of people with MS have RRMS.

*MSinfoWiki.ca. (August 2007). Types of Multiple Sclerosis. Retrieved June 2011, from MS Society of Canada:

http://www.msinfowiki.ca/index.php?title=Types_of_Multiple_Sclerosis

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Primary Progressive MS (PPMS)*

People with PPMS (15% of the MS patient base) experience a steady disease progression from onset, usually without clear relapses or remission. The same proportion of men and women are affected by PPMS.

*MSinfoWiki.ca. (August 2007). Types of Multiple Sclerosis. Retrieved June 2011, from MS Society of Canada:

http://www.msinfowiki.ca/index.php?title=Types_of_Multiple_Sclerosis

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Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS)*

People with SPMS start out with RRMS but over time, distinct periods of relapses and remissions become less noticeable and the disease begins to progress (level of disability increases).About 30% of people with MS have SPMS.

*MSinfoWiki.ca. (August 2007). Types of Multiple Sclerosis. Retrieved June 2011, from MS Society of Canada:

http://www.msinfowiki.ca/index.php?title=Types_of_Multiple_Sclerosis

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