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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
It is estimated that 3-10% of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) develop symptoms in childhood and adolescence. While pediatric-onset MS is thought to represent the same disease process as adult onset forms of the disease, it poses unique challenges to the treating clinician. Diagnosing pediatric MS can be difficult due to the rarity of the disease in this age group and the existence of a broad array of disease mimics. Diagnosis may also be delayed due to a lack of recognition or dismissal of symptoms early in the course of the disease. Furthermore, pediatric providers are often unfamiliar with disease modifying treatments (DMT) for multiple sclerosis, as until recently, none were FDA licensed for use in children. The recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensure of fingolimod as the first agent to treat pediatric MS is a significant event for the field, highlighting a growing recognition of pediatric-onset MS and the need for efficacy and safety data on DMTs used in children.
This activity is intended for healthcare professionals, specifically, neurologists, pediatricians, family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other providers involved in the care of pediatric patients with multiple sclerosis.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
Describe the possible presentations of multiple sclerosis (MS) in a child including vision, motor, sensory, and bowel/bladder related syndromes.
Identify the categories of diseases that can mimic pediatric MS including inflammatory, neoplastic, vascular, metabolic, genetic, and mitochondrial disorders.
Cite the types of disease-modifying therapies used in pediatric MS including the routes of administration, mechanisms of action, and efficacy/safety profiles of these agents.
Identify symptoms suggestive of new demyelinating episodes versus pseudoexacerbations and be familiar with management strategies for both.
Perform history-taking and counseling on areas most commonly impacted by pediatric MS, such as cognition, mood, fatigue, pain, and academic achievement.
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Moderator Benjamin M. Greenberg, MD, MHS Vice Chair of Translational Research and Strategic Initiatives Cain Denius Scholar of Mobility Disorders Distinguished Teaching Professor Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics Department of Pediatrics UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, Texas
Dr. Greenberg discloses the following: Research Activities: Chugai, Medday. MedImmune, Genentech Consultant: Alexion, EMD Serono, Novartis
Brenda L. Banwell, MD, FRCPC, FAAN Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics Chief of the Division of Neurology Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Banwell discloses the following: Consultant: Novartis
Cynthia Wang, MD Assistant Professor Pediatrics Neurology and Neurotherapeutics UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, Texas
Dr. Wang has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Reviewer: Teri L. Schreiner, MD, MPH Associate Professor and Associate Director Residency Training Program Department of Neurology University of Colorado Hospital Children’s Hospital Aurora, Colorado
Dr. Schreiner discloses the following: Applied Clinical Intelligence-Independent Adjudicator for TERIkids Clinical Trials. Dr. Schreiner’s role was limited to evaluating the validation of study participants with neurologic symptoms consistent with an MS relapse. She had no other involvement in the operations of the clinical trial.
No other planners have indicated that they have any financial interests or relationships with a commercial entity.
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The following UT Southwestern employee, Ericka Harden-Dews, JD, CHCP, has no relationship with any commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned during this presentation.
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