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Multiple Sclerosis

WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, long-lasting, potentially disabling chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. The central nervous system comprises the brain, the spinal cor..

TYPES OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS:

Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS): This is the most common form of the condition with about 75-85% of people with MS are initially diagnosed with RRMS. Patients diagnosed with RRMS have te..

WHO GETS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

Multiple Sclerosis affects about 2.5 million people globally. Geographically, MS is more prevalent in Northern Europe, North America, South-East Australia and New Zealand and is least prevalent in tro..

WHAT CAUSES MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

While doctors are not sure what causes MS, doctors confirm that it is not a result of lifestyle choices and moreover it is not contagious. There are several theories regarding the cause of the disease..

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

The symptoms of MS are unpredictable and they vary from person to person both in terms of type and severity. The unpredictable symptoms might disappear or remit completely or they might persist and in..

BLADDER & BOWEL PROBLEMS:

Bladder dysfunction occurs in at least 80% of the people affected with MS. Further, MS could also lead to constipation in some people and loss of bowel control in some others. These symptoms can be ma..

HOW IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS DIAGNOSED?

MS is usually diagnosed and treated by a neurologist, however other medical professionals who specialize in neurology in conjunction with another area of medicine, such as radiology (a neuro-radiologi..

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION:

While confirming a diagnosis of MS, the doctor would make the patient go through a physical examination that might reveal signs of MS such as irregular eye movement, changes in speech, coordination is..

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI):

An MRI is the most common diagnostic tool as it can detect distinctive lesions or scars in the central nervous system that comprises the brain, spine and optic nerve. So, the medical history review, p..

EDSS SCORE DESCRIPTION:

Normal neurological examination: No disability with minimal signs in one functional system, No disability with minimal signs in more than one functional system, Minimal disability in one functional sy..

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO START TREATMENT EARLY?

Before one begins to experience any symptoms of MS, early damage in the central nervous system can occur. Studies have shown that one of the best chances of reducing long-term disability is during the..

HOW IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS TREATED?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS, however, medicines and certain lifestyle changes can help manage the condition. A good MS Treatment Plan must focus on four key areas: disease management, rela..

DISEASE MANAGEMENT:

Unfortunately there is currently no cure for MS, however there are some disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) that can help decrease the number of attacks, slow the progression of the condition and decr..

RELAPSE MANAGEMENT:

An MS relapse is a sudden onset of new symptoms or a worsening of old symptoms that were earlier stable. The new symptoms or changed symptoms must last for at least 24 hours and must be separated from..

SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT:

New symptoms vary from person to person and they adversely affect a patient’s quality of life. While these may be frightening, appropriate planning and management of symptoms can help alleviate fear, ..

GENERAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT:

An MS patient’s ability to maintain his/ her quality of life depends on his/ her overall health. For example, lack of exercise in combination with an MS symptom such as weakness, could contribute to a..

WHAT IS HAEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANT (HSCT) FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

HSCT or Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant is not a new procedure; it has been used to treat cancer since the 1960s, however, it is relatively new treatment that attempts to control the effects of MS..

WHY IS HAEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANT (HSCT) CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING TREATMENTS FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)?

Various clinical trials since 1985, when HSCT was first used to treat MS, have proven that HSCT helps to lessen the chances for the MS condition to relapse. HSCT does this by destabilizing the autoimm..

WHAT HAPPENS DURING HSCT FOR MS?

Every patient being considered for an HSCT procedure for MS is first reviewed by a team of specialists at the centre. The treatment only begins after the team of specialists give the green signal. The..

WHAT ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF HSCT FOR MS, IF ANY?

Like any other medical treatment, there are certain side-effects of HSCT for MS – the main risk is associated with traditional chemotherapy that’s used to reduce/ deplete the immune system. Reduction/..

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM HSCT THERAPY?

Most patients take about three to six months to completely recover from HSCT, however, some patients take some more time – more than 10 to 12 months to fully recover...

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE FORTIS MEMORIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (FMRI) FOR THE TREATMENT OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

Situated in Sector 44, Gurugram in Delhi NCR, Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) is a multi-super-specialty, quaternary care hospital with an enviable international faculty, reputed clinicians,..

HSCT FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AT FORTIS MEMORIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (FMRI):

FMRI’s Institute of Blood Disorders & Bone Marrow Transplant and the Department of Haematology, Paediatric Haemato-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant is one of the largest centres in India offering a..

FMRI OFFERS THE MOST AFFORDABLE HSCT FOR MS IN INDIA:

The total duration of the uncomplicated stay in India is about 24 to 28 days. The procedure is carried out on an in-patient basis at the world-class centre near New Delhi, the capital of India. The pa..

WHY WOULD HSCT TREATMENT AT FMRI PROVE TO THE BEST SOLUTION FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)?

To recap, HSCT Treatment for MS at FMRI is the best treatment option when compared to treatments from other centres because of the following reasons: AFFORDABLE COST: The cost of HSCT for MS at FMRI ..

AFFORDABLE COST:

The cost of HSCT for MS at FMRI is just a fraction of the cost of treatment that’s available in other countries.

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INTERNATIONAL & NATIONALACCREDITATIONS:

FMRI has been approved and accredited by several national and international medical associations – Joint Commission International (JCI), National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibra..

STATE-OF-THE-ART WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES:

FMRI can boast of the state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic devices including the F18 4DG, PET CT Scanner etc.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL PATIENT FACILITIES:

Many exclusive facilities are part of the treatment process, the patient or the caregiver can speak to any of our Relationship Executives to understand the range of available facilities.

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MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH:

The team comprises diagnosis specialists, doctors, physicians, nursing staff and skilled technical personnel. Each team member plays a key role in the treatment process.

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ON-GROUND ASSISTANCE: