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Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis


Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute disseminated encephalitis
  • ADE
  • ADEM
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Treatment

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How might acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) be treated?

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.[1]
Last updated: 7/27/2011

References
  1. 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.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute disseminated encephalitis
  • ADE
  • ADEM
Related Diseases
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.