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Conemaugh Neuroscience and Pain Institute
Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center
1450 Scalp Avenue, Second Floor
Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 269-5266
Multiple Scerlosis, MS, is an auto-immune disease in which the body's immune system malfunctions. MS causes the immune system to attack healthy areas of the central nervous system including the brain and spinal cord. MS typically develops in men and women ages 15-35 and is a lifelong progressive disease that causes inflammatory damage to the nervous system.
Diagnosis of MS is based on clinical findings supported by blood and cerebrospinal fluid tests as well as brain and spinal cord abnormalities noted on MRI scans. There is no single test that definitely diagnoses MS. Degrees of certainty with diagnosis include Clinically Possible MS, Clinically Probable MS, and Clinical Definite MS.
Additional disease possibilities that target the Peripheral or Central Nervous System (like Guillain-Barre Syndrome or Lyme Disease) or the immune system (like Lupus or Sjogren's Syndrome) have similar symptoms to MS and could be considered by the physician as alternative diseases that act like MS.
Disease Modifying Drug treatment changes the pace of the disturbed immune system to prevent attacks on the healthy nervous tissue of the brain and / or spinal cord.
1st Generation Beta-Interferon
2nd Generation Cellular Adhesion Molecule
3rd Generation Monoclonal Antibodies
Meets the second Monday of each month
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avene, Johnstown, PA 15904
For more information, call (814) 269-5241.