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Pediatric multiple sclerosis: a review

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Neurology, March 2018
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Pediatric multiple sclerosis: a review
Published in
BMC Neurology, March 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12883-018-1026-3
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Raed Alroughani, Alexey Boyko


Pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis (POMS) prevalence and incidence rates are increasing globally. No disease-modifying therapy are approved for MS pediatric population. Hence, we aim to review the literature on POMS to guide treating physicians on the current understanding of diagnosis and management of pediatric MS. The authors performed a literature search and reviewed the current understanding on risk factors and disease parameters in order to discuss the challenges in assessing and implementing diagnosis and therapy in clinical practice. The revised International Pediatric MS group diagnostic criteria improved the accuracy of diagnosis. Identification of red flags and mimickers (e.g. acute disseminated encephalomyelitis and neuromyelitis optica) are vital before establishing a definitive diagnosis. Possible etiology and mechanisms including both environmental and genetic risk factors are highlighted. Pediatric MS patients tend to have active inflammatory disease course with a tendency to have brainstem / cerebellar presentations at onset. Due to efficient repair mechanisms at early life, pediatric MS patients tend to have longer time to reach EDSS 6 but reach it at earlier age. Although no therapeutic randomized clinical trials were conducted in pediatric cohorts, open-label multi-center studies reported efficacy and safety results with beta interferons, glatiramer acetate and natalizumab in similar adult cohorts. Several randomized clinical trials assessing the efficacy and safety of oral disease-modifying therapies are ongoing in pediatric MS patients. Pediatric MS has been increasingly recognized to have a more inflammatory course with frequent infratentorial presentations at onset, which would have important implications in the future management of pediatric cohorts while awaiting the results of ongoing clinical trials.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 78 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 12 15%
Student > Master 9 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 12%
Researcher 8 10%
Other 8 10%
Other 21 27%
Unknown 11 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 28 36%
Neuroscience 14 18%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 3%
Other 7 9%
Unknown 15 19%

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