Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
Other Names for this Disease
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Treatment for acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is targeted at suppressing inflammation in the brain using anti-inflammatory drugs. Most individuals respond to intravenous corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone. When corticosteroids fail to work, plasmapheresis or intravenous immunoglobulin therapy has been shown to produce improvement. Additional treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
Last updated: 7/27/2011
- NINDS Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders (NINDS). November 2010; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/acute_encephalomyelitis/acute_encephalomyelitis.htm. Accessed 7/27/2011.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.