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It is possible that the main title of the report Multiple Sclerosis is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
- demyelinating disease
- disseminated sclerosis
- primary progressive multiple sclerosis
- relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic neuroimmunologic (both the nervous system and the immunological system are involved) disorder of the central nervous system involving the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. By means of a mechanism not clearly understood, the protective fatty, insulating substance called myelin sheath that covers the nerve is destroyed. The inflammatory attacks that produce the characteristic scarring (plaques or patches) of the myelin sheath occurs randomly, vary in intensity, and at multiple sites. The course of the disease may advance, relapse, remit, or stabilize. The randomness of the location of plaques or patches affects the nerve’s ability to transmit information (neurotransmission) and causes a wide range of neurological symptoms, which may vary from person to person.
Recently it has been learned that the nerve fibers themselves, (axons), in addition to the myelin sheaths, are affected by the neuroimmunologic attacks. Damage to the nerve cells may be irreversible. As a result, clinicians recommend early intervention with one of the disease-modifying agents (see below).
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
1100 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005-3934
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
22100 Gratiot Ave.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
359 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
706 Haddonfield Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Multiple Sclerosis International Federation
3rd Floor Skyline House
200 Union Street
London, SE1 0LX
Spastic Paraplegia Foundation
5305 Miramar Ln
Colleyville, TX 76034
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A
Short Hills, NJ 07078
New Horizons Un-Limited, Inc.
811 East Wisconsin Ave
P.O. Box 510034
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.
PO Box 4121
Brick, NJ 08723
European Society for Immunodeficiencies
1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
Geneva, CH 1211
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
6520 North Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130
PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship
Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway
British Columbia, V5R 5W2
Child Neurology Foundation
201 Chicago Ave, #200
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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