MS Management: 4 Things to Know About Relapses

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2. What Causes MS Relapses?

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Patients with multiple sclerosis experience relapses due to an inflammation in the central nervous system, which damages the myelin. The myelin is a fatty and white substance that forms the lining of some nerve cells and when damaged, the transmission of nerve impulses is either slowed down or disrupted, which is what causes the symptoms.

Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) is the most common type of the disease and it is characterized by acute exacerbations followed by periods of remission. This occurs since the inflammatory process gradually comes to an end and returns after a while. Remission does not always mean that the symptoms fully disappear, but instead that they are temporarily asleep. While some patients regain their health as before the relapse, other patients continue with some ongoing symptoms.

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Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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