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About Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, potentially disabling disease that affects the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves) by attacking the protective covering that surrounds the nerves. The resulting damage interferes with the brain's ability to effectively communicate with the rest of the body.

The range and severity of symptoms varies depending on where the deterioration occurs. In some cases, numbness in the limbs, paralysis, or loss of vision may occur. The progression, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from person to person.

Although multiple sclerosis can occur at any age, it most often begins in people between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. Women are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis than men.

Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can be difficult because symptoms may disappear without warning, sometimes for months at a time.

Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis at the Drexel Neurosciences Institute.

Other Movement Disorders

In addition to multiple sclerosis, the Drexel Neurosciences Institute can provide treatment for a range of other movement disorders, including:

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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