pediatric ms

Pediatric MS - We Did Not Know

Vicki Health Guide August 04, 2010
  • Education about Pediatric MS is on the rise, and more children under 18 are being diagnosed with MS. With all of the new information and education, there is still a need for awareness that children have MS, too. Children are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. For so long, MS was misunders...

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  • Michaelbgerber
    Aug. 05, 2010

    Certainly the medical community has gotten better at diagnosis, but the statement "You have MS" is often followed by "and you have probably had it for five too ten years." In other words, early diagnosis is a problem for adults and especially difficult in children.

     

    Personally, I believe that the demographics are changing. The data regarding age, race,...

    RHMLucky777

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    Certainly the medical community has gotten better at diagnosis, but the statement "You have MS" is often followed by "and you have probably had it for five too ten years." In other words, early diagnosis is a problem for adults and especially difficult in children.

     

    Personally, I believe that the demographics are changing. The data regarding age, race, sex and geography all seem to be changing. Are we getting better at diagnosis or are the demographics changing or both? These are questions that we may never know the answers to.

     

    Now that pediatric MS is getting more attention, perhaps more2 studies and better treatments will soon follow.

     

    Thanks for another great article.

    • Vicki
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      Aug. 16, 2010

      I'm with you. Of course, it is difficult to know what was happening years ago.


      Much of this is awareness. Don't you think a child was treated even if there was no disease name? Actually, we were all treated symptom by symptom before the 1990s.


      I think more published information, and therefore, more awareness will lead to studies and clinical trials specifically...

      RHMLucky777

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      I'm with you. Of course, it is difficult to know what was happening years ago.


      Much of this is awareness. Don't you think a child was treated even if there was no disease name? Actually, we were all treated symptom by symptom before the 1990s.


      I think more published information, and therefore, more awareness will lead to studies and clinical trials specifically for children and teens. Maybe new nedicines will be FDA approved for kids or it might be that treatments normally used by adults are also good for kids - with reduced dosages. Perhaps there will be a combination


      Whatever the outcome, there seems to be hope that research in pediatric MS will benefit all of us.

    • Michaelbgerber
      Aug. 16, 2010

      Amen. ( :>