What is the life expectancy of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Life expectancy is shortened only slightly in persons with MS, and the survival rate is linked to disability. Death usually results from secondary complications (50-66%), such as pulmonary or renal causes, but can also be due to primary complications, suicide, and causes unrelated to MS. The Marburg variant of MS is an acute and clinically fulminant form of the disease that can lead to coma or death within days.


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