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What are risk factors for multiple sclerosis (MS) in African Americans?

The high incidence of multiple sclerosis (MS) in African Americans may partially be due to environmental factors, but mixing of races also likely plays some role. Studies have shown that African Americans have more involvement of the optic nerves and spinal cord than their Caucasian counterparts. There are also variations in disease course, namely a more aggressive course of disease in African Americans with increased relapses and shorter time to ambulatory disability.

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