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Pediatric MMultiple Sclerosis : Understanding for Today, HOPE for Tomorrow Part 1 - National MS Society
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 Pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) comprises a small proportion (4%-5%) of the multiple sclerosis population. Multiple sclerosis is typically considered to be a disease of young adults. However, pediatric MS, defined as onset of MS before the age of 18, is increasingly recognized.

Pediatric multiple sclerosis represents a particular MS subgroup with unique diagnostic challenges.

While some aspects of the clinical disease in children resemble those of adults, children can also dramatically differ in clinical, radiological, and laboratory features. The family unit plays a different role in pediatric MS than in adult MS. Management is complicated by the lack of clinical trials in this age group.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) has recognized that pediatric multiple sclerosis (and other acquired central nervous system demyelinating disorders) have not been studied adequately. The natural history and best practices with respect to evaluation and treatment are unknown.

http://www.checkorphan.org/diseases/pediatric-multiple-sclerosis

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