Dr. John Chovan, PhD., DNP, RN, CNP, CNS
Multiple Sclerosis, Demyelination, Auto Immune, Neurology, Neurologic Dysfuntion
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory auto-immune disease hallmarked by demyelination and subsequent plaque formation throughout the central nervous system (CNS)(Balto et al., 2017). MS has no one known cause for development, but genetic, environmental, viral, and lifestyle risk factors have all been found to contribute (Zostawa, Adamczyk, Sowa, & Adamczyk-Sowa, 2017). The disease can present with numbness, tingling, pain, progressive weakness, loss of continence, visual problems, and muscle spasms. Though there is currently no cure, 15 disease management treatments are currently available to preserve function, and to prevent exacerbations (Reich et al., 2018). This poster further delves into the pathophysiology, treatment, signs and symptoms, and nursing implications that align with an MS diagnosis.
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