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What is benign multiple sclerosis?

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Benign multiple sclerosis (MS) is characterized by mild or no disability, full neurological function, and very few relapses after 15 years of disease onset. Of those with relapse-remitting MS, which is characterized by clearly defined acute attacks, 5 to 20 percent may be classified as having a benign disease course.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the nervous system. In a healthy body, nerves are surrounded by a protective layer of fatty tissue called the myelin sheath. If you have MS, that fatty layer is irreversibly damaged by an unknown cause. This makes it harder for your nerves to transmit impulses between your brain, eyes and spinal cord, causing a range of symptoms.

Benign multiple sclerosis (MS) is a mild form of MS. In this form, symptoms can completely clear up during remissions and the disease doesn't progress much, even after 15 years.

Benign MS affects your body the same way any other form of MS would. It damages the protective layer that surrounds your nerves called the myelin sheath. After the myelin sheath is damaged, it's harder for the nerves to transmit signals throughout the body. That's why there are so many symptoms associated with MS. An impulse traveling on a nerve could be altered at any point where that nerve is exposed causing a different reaction than the one that was originally intended. It is unclear why benign MS has milder symptoms, but recent studies have shown that people suffering from this type of MS have fewer lesions and less inflammation in parts of the brain commonly affected by those with other forms of MS.

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