Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Sue Butz DNP RN CCRN-K
Multiple Sclerosis, Pathophysiology, Demyelination, Nursing Care
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an advanced pathophysiological disease that is relevant to advanced practice nursing. It is the “most common immune-mediated inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system” (Olek, & Howard, 2019). The exact cause of MS is still unknown; however, it is characterized by exacerbations of neurological dysfunction due to inflammatory demyelination (Huang, Chen, & Zhang, 2017). Consequently, the treatment of MS requires a multi-disciplinary approach, with nurses at the heart of the team. Hence, an advanced practice nurse will need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of MS for a proper diagnosis and must be familiar with the current trends in patient management and treatments of the disease. This help to support and advocate for best available intervention strategies acceptable to the patient and relevant to decrease chronic pathology.
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