Multiple Sclerois a growing problem in children
- Multiple Sclerois a growing problem in children
Seven's On Call
WABC By Dr. Jay Adlersberg
(New York-WABC, February 27, 2006) - A devastating adult illness is now
being seen as a growing problem in children.
Seven's On Call with Dr. Jay Adlersberg and doctors have started
programs to find out more.
The disease is Multiple Sclerosis -- a nervous system disorder. It's
seen in young and middle aged adults, and it's a disease that has a lot
of variations -- at its extreme, it's disabling and life threatening.
Now, around the country, researchers are beginning a huge initiative to
find out more about MS in kids.
Allison Tepedino and Lee Gonsalves both have ms. For both children, the
first symptom was a loss of vision. The diagnosis was hard to believe.
Sonia Gonsalves, mother of child with ms: "I didn't know what the word
was ... I never heard it before."
Celeste Tepedine, mother of child with ms: "Whenever you talk to
friends, they say ms is an adult disease. She doesn't have ms. Adults do
not realize that kids can get ms. People don't realize children can get ms.
But they can. It's a difficult diagnosis in which other illnesses must
first be ruled out. Researcher Dr. Lauren Krupp says children present a
special challenge in diagnosis because they may not always tell their
parents what is going on -- or be taken seriously when they do.
Dr. Krupp, Stony Brook University Hospital: "And then finally sometimes
the doctors don't really incorporate what is being told to them from the
point of view of ms. It's not a diagnosis most pediatricians have ever
For this and other reasons, Stony Brook University Hospital recently
opened one of the six new childhood ms research centers, which opened
around the country. They're funded by the MS Society and have goals of
treating, educating and learning more about ms.
We asked Dr. Krupp why more childhood ms is being recognized now and she
cited both technology and available treatments. Diagnosis has been made
easier and more treatment options have become available.
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