Scientists Spot Signs That Predict Worsening Multiple Sclerosis
disability were assessed when the study began. These evaluations were repeated five years later.
Overall, 30 percent of the participants experienced a worsening of their disease and developed progressive MS after five years. The researchers found these patients were four times as likely to experience fatigue. This was true even after the researchers considered other possible contributing factors, such as age, time since diagnosis and the severity of their disability.
The patients who developed progressive MS were also older and were three times as likely to report weakness and spasms in their legs. They also had more severe disabilities at the study’s start, the findings showed.
“While more research needs to be done, this study brings us closer to understanding which older adults with MS may be at higher risk of getting worse,” Weinstock-Guttman said in an American Academy of Neurology news release.
“With the aging population, this information will be vital as people with MS, their families and policymakers make decisions about their care,” she added.
The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, in Boston. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
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SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, news release, March 1, 2017