Learn what multiple sclerosis is and how it affects those with the disease.
Around 2.3 million worldwide are affected by MS (multiple sclerosis). According to MSSI (a society for MS people in India), there are 2 lakh MS people in India. Unlike a migraine, epilepsy and brain stroke, MS is quite uncommon in India. Not many people are aware of MS due to lack of awareness about the condition.Dr Sudhir Kumar, Senior Consultant Neurologist, Institute of Neurosciences, Hyderabad, explains in detail about what is MS and the causes of multiple sclerosis.
What is MS (multiple sclerosis)?
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the Central Nervous System that affects the brain, spinal and optic nerve. It is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the nerves in the brain, spinal cord and eyes. It usually affects people in the age group of 10 – 16 years. However, young women in their 20s and 30s are at a high risk. Compared to men, MS is more common in women and it can affect people up to the age of 60 years.
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