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 If you are the parent/guardian of a child under the age of 18 living with MS, please complete a very brief survey so the Ohio Valley Chapter can provide you and your child with the highest level of service possible.

Historically, multiple sclerosis is considered an “adult disease” and is the most common neurological disease affecting young to middle-age adults. However, better diagnostic tools now reveal that approximately 8,000--10,000 children and adolescents have MS, and another 10,000--15,000 have experienced at least one symptom suggestive of MS. This disease is more difficult to diagnose in children, and many pediatricians are not familiar with MS, particularly since they’re not expecting to see it in their young patients. Read more about Pediatric (Childhood) MS>>

Because of the critical need to understand childhood MS better, the National MS Society has established the first-of-its-kind network of Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence. The centers were established in geographically diverse areas so that they can serve as regional centers for as many children and families living with MS as possible. They are staffed by teams of pediatric and adult MS experts who lead the field in MS diagnosis and treatment. View a list of the Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence>>

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