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Parkinson's Disease

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11/23/1998

Question:

I am concerned about MS. My sister was diagnosed with MS about 4 yrs ago. I was wondering if it tends to run in familiies because I am experiencing some of the same symptoms and am starting to get very concerned. If you could list some of the problems associated with this disease it would be of great help. I can not ask my sister, she passed away 6 months ago.

Answer:

The cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) is not known with any certainty. It is unlikely to be genetic or familial in origin. It can have a wide variety of symptoms but weakness and blurred vision are among the most common. I would suggest you go to a neurologist if you are concerned about your symptoms.

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati