Multiple Sclerosis

Jalen Ary A3 5/11/16

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The cause of MS is still unknown, scientists believe it is triggered by an environmental factor which is not yet known. Evidence is starting to show that smoking can have an increased role in a child having MS. MS is not contagious and is not directly inherited. Effects of the condition include vision problems, numbness, pain, dizziness, and paralysis that all vary in intensity.

A doctor, most likely a neurologist will perform several tests to diagnose MS:

A neurological exam

Eye exam

Spinal Tap

Treatment options for relapsing-remitting MS include:

Beta interferons

Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone)

Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera)

Fingolimod (Gilenya)

Teriflunomide (Aubagio)

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