What are the goals of emergency medical care in cases of acute exacerbation of multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Answer

Medical management goals that are sometimes achievable in the emergency department are to relieve symptoms and to ameliorate risk factors associated with an acute exacerbation. In patients with fulminant MS or disseminating acute encephalitis, management involves the following:

  • Stabilize acute life-threatening conditions

  • Initiate supportive care and seizure precautions

  • Monitor for increasing intracranial pressure


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