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Multiple Sclerosis

What is multiple sclerosis (MS)?

MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which the body's own immune system mistakenly attacks normal body tissues. In MS, these attacks are aimed at the myelin in the Central Nervous System (CNS).

The CNS, which includes the brain and spinal cord, is made up of nerves that act as the body's messenger system. Each nerve has a fatty covering of myelin that serves as insulation, which helps in the transmission of nerve impulses (messages) between the brain and other parts of the body. Once myelin in a certain area has been damaged, normal nerve function is disturbed and a number of symptoms can be experienced.

MS Specialists

A neurologist is a medical specialist trained to evaluate problems of the nervous system, including the symptoms of MS. Neurologists have an in-depth understanding of the central nervous system and how it is affected by multiple sclerosis.

Services available:

  • The area’s only specialized pediatric care for children with MS
  • Recommendations for treatment, testing and symptom management of MS in adults and children
  • Courses of care for adults and children with MS including disease modifying therapies, treatment for attacks, symptom management and referral to other members of the team for treatment and counseling
  • An infusion room for steroid infusions, Tysabri® and Intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIG) treatments
  • On-site radiological services, such as X-rays, CT scans and MRIs
  • Wellness consultations, including patient education regarding nutrition and exercise
  • Physical, occupational and other rehabilitative therapies
  • Spasticity Clinic

To make an appointment with a Cleveland Clinic MS specialist at Hillcrest Hospital, call 216.636.5860 or toll-free 866.588.2264.