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Diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis in pediatric and adolescent patients: current status and future therapies

Authors E Ann Yeh

Published 30 July 2010 Volume 2010:1 Pages 61—71

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AHMT.S8130

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E Ann Yeh

Department of Neurology, Pediatric MS Center of the JNI, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA

Abstract: Pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis (MS) comprises approximately 3%–5% of cases of MS in North America. Recent years have seen significant advances in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition, including the introduction of proposed diagnostic criteria for pediatric demyelinating disorders, and a growing body of knowledge regarding treatment options. This article reviews current approaches to the diagnosis and management of pediatric MS.

Keywords: pediatric, therapy, interferon, glatiramer acetate, chemotherapy, breakthrough disease, definitions, MRI

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