The Demyelinating Disease Program delivers comprehensive care for diseases that impact the central nervous system. We specialize in treating children who require both acute (sudden) and chronic (long-lasting) care and are one of only two transverse myelitis Centers of Excellence in the world. We have also been designated a Pediatric Comprehensive Care Center by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. You can be confident that your child will receive the most precise diagnosis and best care possible for their condition.
In a demyelinating disease, the myelin sheath that protects the fibers in the central nervous system (brain, optic nerves and spinal cord) is damaged due to an attack on the immune system. When this happens, it causes the nerve impulses to slow down, impacting the body’s function, or even stop, leading to symptoms that include paralysis and sensory loss.