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Michael Yeaman: Building Optimism in the Field of Neuromyelitis Optica
Unlike conditions like multiple sclerosis where there is a considerable amount of knowledge and several available approved treatment options that is not the case for neuromyelitis optica. As a result more work is needed to educate patients about what their treatment will be like.
There are currently no medications approved for the treatment of neuromyelitis optica. However, there are clinical trials underway and more research being done to change that in the coming years.
With multiple medications approved to treat multiple sclerosis there is more work being done to help a larger patient population through the course of disease treatment.
It has been a few years now since Tecfidera was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. In that time there has bee continued research which has shown positive results for patients.
Are patients worse off if they are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a younger age? That’s what Italian researchers aimed to make more clear at ECTRIMS 2016.
While neurologists may be able to successfully diagnose progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy it may take a more specialized health care professional to effectively treat the condition.
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, also known as PML is a problem which can affect a select number of patients with multiple sclerosis as well as other conditions which involve the immune system. What can be done to address the condition is still being determined by the medical community.
“Multiple sclerosis usually begins with a relapsing-remitting (RRMS) phase characterized by clinical relapses and inflammatory demyelination evident on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI),” an Ohio based team began at ECTRIMS 2016.
Multiple sclerosis is perceived differently by the patient and physician – after all, they’re in two different boats. However, this disconnect could make managing the disease a more complicated journey.

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