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What is the life expectancy of someone with Secondary

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What is the life expectancy of someone with Secondary Progressive MS?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  RH replied 5 years ago.

For a patient with secondary progressive MS, the question is not the length of life but rather the quality of life - some live past age 80 with a good quality of life and are independent and some if already disabled by the age of 50/60 - for example if in wheel chair or need assistance in walking and in activities of daily living, then the quality diminishes with age but this is not fatal so to answer your question in simple manner - life expectancy of a patient with secondary progressive MS is better than primary progressive MS and can live as long as a person without MS but with decreased quality of life.
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