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MS Disability Progression Increases In patients with other Autoimmune Disorders

A recently published study suggests that MS patients are likely to have greater disability progression if they also carry diagnoses of other autoimmune disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Type 1 Diabetes.

The gold standard tool of measuring disability in MS is called the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS).  The scale ranges from 0 to 10. A EDSS score of 0 means no disability while a score of 10 means death from MS.  A score of 3 is suggestive of moderate disability in terms of functional systems in the body (such as motor, sensory, and visual) but the patient is still fully ambulatory.  A score of 6 means the patient has to use an assistive device to walk, such as a cane, crutch, or brace, and can walk about 100 meters without resting.


The results were striking.  MS patients who also had Type 1 Diabetes had a significantly increased change of reaching a EDSS score of 6.0, while MS patients who had MS and Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis had a significantly greater chance of developing a EDSS score of 6.0 as compared to MS patients without other autoimmune disorders.


BeCareLink can help by monitoring you for the earliest signs of deterioration, possibly even before you or your doctor can detect it. Knowing you have greater risk of greater disability progression, you need to be proactive in monitoring your own neurologic function. By learning of change early you can modify treatment plans to have the best possible outcome.

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