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Multiple Sclerosis and the Family

  • By: Barbara Habermann
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common demyelinating disease of the central nervous system and usually presents between the ages of 25 to 40. The disease is more common in women and is characterized by a progressive unpredictable course that most often results in increasing disability. Given the fact that it is an incurable disease that strikes in the childbearing and childrearing years, the effect of MS on the family is usually quite profound. This entry discusses some of the concerns and effects of MS on family members.

Pregnancy Decisions

Historically before the 1950s, women with MS were discouraged from pregnancy. However, increased rates of MS in women who have never had children and a decrease in exacerbations during pregnancy in women with MS have changed that ...

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