ADEM - acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis (factsheet)

Publish date: 
Mar 2012

To explain what acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is, it's best to break it down. It is often developed by children but it can also be found in adults.

  • Acute - a rapid onset: a short course
  • Disseminated - spread over a large area
  • Encephalo - in the head
  • Myelitis - inflammation of the spinal cord

Early symptoms of ADEM are similar to an acute relapse in MS and it can be difficult to determine the difference, especially in the early stages.

This factsheet covers

  • symptoms
  • diagnosis
  • treatment

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