Timothy L. Vollmer, MD
Professor, Department of Neurology
University of Colorado Health
Co-Director of the RMMSC at
Anschutz Medical Center
Rocky Mountain MS Center
The unfortunate thing is that in the children form of the disease it has been missed or misdiagnosed, frequently, over the past century in part because of technical issues, but also in part because there was a reluctance on the part of the medical community to label a child with a disease that, up until recently, was considered almost certainly associated with high levels of disability.
Now, though, because we have therapies available it's very important for us to pick up children very early in the disease course because we can treat them and we're getting better at really preventing them from developing significant disability."