Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
Other Names for this Disease
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neurological condition characterized by a brief but intense attack of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord that damages myelin – the protective covering of nerve fibers. It often follows viral infection, or less often, vaccination for measles, mumps, or rubella. Treatment for ADEM is targeted at suppressing inflammation in the brain using anti-inflammatory drugs. Plasmapheresis or intravenous immunoglobulin therapy may also be used. Additional treatment is symptomatic and supportive.Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is a
Last updated: 10/31/2011
- 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.
- The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides information on acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Click on the above link to access information on this topic.
- The Transverse Myelitis Association provides information about acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM).
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- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.