UTMB provides a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing, managing, and researching multiple sclerosis, a progressive
neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.
The disorder usually strikes adults between the ages of 18 and 40, causing a range of disabilities, from mobility problems to
cognitive defects. Symptoms—which include vision problems, muscle weakness in the extremities, numbness, bladder problems, and certain cognitive impairments—can be mild or severe, and can occur in relapsing episodes (lasting days or weeks) or become chronic.
Types of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Care
UTMB Health provides comprehensive, individualized care to patients with MS. We also draw on the expertise of specialists in
urology, rehabilitation, ophthalmology, and neuroradiology.
Our care team uses state-of-the-science imaging technology techniques to help accurately pinpoint areas of damage in the brain caused by MS. Treatments are tailored to patients' specific needs. For patients with relapsing-remitting MS, treatment typically involves drugs called immunomodulators, which help slow the rate of relapse by decreasing inflammatory processes involved in myelin destruction. For more aggressive forms of MS, we use the full range of currently available immune suppressant agents.
In addition to treating the disease and its symptoms, we provide a strong focus on patient education, helping patients and their families learn to adapt the challenges that the disease presents.