MS Patients May Show Signs of the Disease Five Years Before Onset

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A new study has found that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients may suffer symptoms of the disease much earlier than previously thought.

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The news will help doctors diagnose MS, hopefully allowing patients to begin treatment earlier. In addition, researchers will be able to look at possible causes for the development of the disease.

According to a report in News Medical, researchers looked at the medical histories of 14,000 individuals with MS in four different areas of Canada and compared them to the records of 72,000 who didn’t have the disease. They discovered that those with MS were regularly visiting hospitals and doctor’s offices for five years before they presented classic MS symptoms, showing that there may be a prodrome (or set of symptoms) that may lead to the onset of the disease.

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