What is MS?

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MS is a disease of the brain and spinal cord, which are also known as the central nervous system (CNS). It is an inflammatory, demyelinating condition that damages the CNS and can, if untreated, lead to increasing disability.

What is myelin? 

The layered membrane of a CNS support cell that forms an insulating sheath around the axons. Axons are like branches that connect nerve cells and enable them to carry signals.

What is demyelination?

A disorder, usually caused by inflammation, which breaks down the myelin around axons.

For a more detailed explanation of MS, please see the MS Encyclopedia.

Watch the short video below for an overview of this life-changing condition