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Essential information for patient and family

  • MS has a very variable clinical course, at 15 years from onset most patients remain independently mobile and for up to 20% of patients the disease has a benign course over 20 years or more.
  • Life expectancy is not substantially affected for most patients
  • Though there is a degree of genetic susceptibility to the disease it is not strongly hereditary and the risk to other close relatives is of the order of 2-4%.

Contact details for the local MS specialist nurse service should be given to all patients and their families

Last edited: 21/10/2003

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