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What is myelin?

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Most of the nerves in your body are covered with a protective layer called myelin. It’s a lot like the insulation on electric wires. It helps messages from your brain move quickly and smoothly through your body, like electricity flows from a power source.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is Myelin?” “Balo’s Disease,” “HTLV-I Associated Myelopathy (HAM),” “Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO),” “Schilder’s Disease,” “Transverse Myelitis.”

Love, S. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 2006.

Neuropathology: “Demyelinative Diseases.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis,” “Tropical Spastic Paraparesis,” “Neuromyelitis Optica,” “Schilder’s Disease,” “Transverse Myelitis.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 9, 2020

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is Myelin?” “Balo’s Disease,” “HTLV-I Associated Myelopathy (HAM),” “Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO),” “Schilder’s Disease,” “Transverse Myelitis.”

Love, S. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 2006.

Neuropathology: “Demyelinative Diseases.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis,” “Tropical Spastic Paraparesis,” “Neuromyelitis Optica,” “Schilder’s Disease,” “Transverse Myelitis.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 9, 2020

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