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How many children are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

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Multiple sclerosis happens most often in adults, but doctors are diagnosing more children and teenagers with the condition. Of the 400,000 diagnosed cases of MS in the U.S., 8,000 to 10,000 are in people younger than age 18. Neurologists think there are probably many more kids with multiple sclerosis that haven’t been diagnosed.

SOURCES:

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center: Neuroscience News: “Multiple Sclerosis in Children Is More Common Than Thought.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Pediatric (Child) MS.”

The Transverse Myelitis Association: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 14, 2019

SOURCES:

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center: Neuroscience News: “Multiple Sclerosis in Children Is More Common Than Thought.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Pediatric (Child) MS.”

The Transverse Myelitis Association: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Multiple Sclerosis.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 14, 2019

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