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Overview of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS): similarities and differences from other forms of MS, diagnostic criteria, pros and cons of progressive diagnosis

Thompson, A; (2004) Overview of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS): similarities and differences from other forms of MS, diagnostic criteria, pros and cons of progressive diagnosis. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS , 10 S2 - S7. 10.1191/1352458504ms1024oa.

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Abstract

Patients with the primary progressive form of multiple sclerosis (PPMS) have a unique clinical course and demonstrate additional demo graphic and imaging features, which separate them from the relapsing/remitting form of the condition. Whether these features indicate a fundamental difference in the underlying pathogenesis of the condition or simply reflect opposite ends of a clinical spectrum is unclear. What is clear, however, is that this form of MS provides a valuable model of progression, which has the potential to explain this most disabling component of the disease process. The lack of the hallmark relapses and remissions in PPMS poses diagnostic difficulties, some of which have been addressed by recently published diagnostic criteria. Following diagnosis, the need for information, specific to this form of MS, must be recognized and addressed.

Type:Article
Title:Overview of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS): similarities and differences from other forms of MS, diagnostic criteria, pros and cons of progressive diagnosis
Location:Houston, TX
DOI:10.1191/1352458504ms1024oa
Keywords:diagnostic criteria, model of progression, primary progressive MS, NATURAL-HISTORY, SPINAL-CORD, PATHOLOGY, BRAIN, DISABILITY, DYNAMICS
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences

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