What's the prognosis with your multiple sclerosis?
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What is the prognosis and life expectancy for multiple sclerosis?
Patients with multiple sclerosis are felt to have the same life expectancy of those without
multiple sclerosis. However, for patients with severe, progressive forms of this disease, problems caused by disability may lead to complications such as pneumonia.
If patients are not treated, over 30% may develop pronounced problems with mobility. It is not yet known what the long-term outcome of patients who begin treatment at an early stage of their disease will be.
There are two extremes in
multiple sclerosis. The first is a
"benign" syndrome in which patients have numerous lesions identified on MRI imaging, but have few -- if any -- symptoms, even decades after their diagnosis. At the opposite end of the spectrum is a condition identified as the
Marburg variant of multiple sclerosis, where rapidly progressive symptoms are seen and death may occur after a very short time.