Is MS terminal?
Welcome to MS Health Central. MS is not considered a fatal disease. The very rare and unusual exception is the Marburg variation of MS (also called fulminant multiple sclerosis) which is extremely aggressive and can cause death. Marburg is sometimes consider a disease separate from MS.
Having secondary progressive MS is not terminal. However persons who have lived with MS for a long time, and who have accumulated significant disability and dysfunction, may experience complications of MS which contribute to mortality eventually. This too is quite rare.
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MS Progressive Types: Secondary Progressive
MS Progressive Types: Primary Progressive and Progressive Relapsing
Get to a top University MS Clinic and dedicated MS Neuroligist ASAP with agressive treatment and the risk of death is low but there can be substantial risks in treatments for Marburg Patients. ABC drugs will not work on this form. In the old days this was a 2 month to 2 years and you were a vegatable in an institution or dead. I was diagnosed nearly 5 years ago and can mostly walk and function on good days but I do take drugs that can caus death if not monitored correctly. Choices and new drugs in the pipeline.
MS is not considered a fatal disease. Lifespan for people with MS is in range the same as the rest of the population. The very rare and unusual exception is the Marburg variation of MS (also called fulminant multiple sclerosis, malignant MS and acute MS which is a compassionate disease by the US government outside MS typical standard clinical) which is extremely aggressive and can cause death. This removes the death stats from the base disease. Marburg is sometimes consider a disease separate from MS. Many doctors specializing in MS do not like the RRMS to SRMS......classifications and use Relapsing and Progressive classifications and many in other countries use this. In that sense Marburg and other variants are Progressive MS and it can be fatal so then MS is fatal. Marburg affects 3 to 5 people new per week per year which equates to less than 500 globally. That's not many. It's a whole lot when you are one of them. Like me.