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Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology

The Queen’s Neuroscience Institute offers care for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other inflammatory disorders affecting the central nervous system. Our Center provides focused care dedicated to the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of neuroinflammatory disorders. We treat patients of all ages, ranging from pediatrics to elderly patients, including specialized considerations for women of childbearing age. We work closely with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to provide patients support and guidance, both locally and nationally. We serve as educational guidance for patients and family members as well as other healthcare providers.

What is Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system mediated by impairments in immune function. MS causes destruction of myelin, the insulation surrounding the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. This leads to slowing of signal transmission through the central nervous system and causes a variety of symptoms including weakness, numbness, bladder/bowel symptoms, imbalance, fatigue, heat sensitivity, mood disturbance, and cognitive slowing. There is no one test to determine MS. The diagnosis of MS is based on clinical symptoms, MRI results, and sometimes electrophysiologic and cerebrospinal fluid analyses.

Conditions Treated

Neuroinflammatory disorders include a wide range of neurologic illness caused by autoimmune or inflammatory processes. These include, but are not limited to:

Our Services

Diagnostic evaluation: we offer diagnostic testing for evaluation of neuroinflammatory disorders including MRI, lumbar puncture, visual evoked potential, and somatosensory evoked potential testing.

Focused medication management: there are over 25 FDA-approved medications for multiple sclerosis and other neuroinflammatory disorders. There are benefits and risks of each of these therapies, and complex decision-making on medical interventions is provided.

Multidisciplinary care: many patients with neuroinflammatory disorders experience symptoms of spasticity (muscle tightness), bladder/bowel symptoms, weakness, pain, and cognitive impairment. We prioritize the treatment and optimization of these symptoms to improve quality of life. In addition to medication management, we serve as a liason with other specialists including urologists, rehabilitation services, neuropsychologists, and social workers to provide excellent, comprehensive care.

Meet our Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Team

Hear from Dr. Alexandra Galati

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