- Romney's MS Scare Highlights Variable, Unpredictable Disease

 – April 26, 2012  –– 

Ann Romney's struggles with multiple sclerosis (MS) kept her away from her husband's campaign shortly before Super Tuesday. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the protective covering, called the myelin sheath, surrounding nerves in the brain and spinal cord. When the nerves in these key structures are damaged, the impulses controlling basic functions like movement and cognition become distorted, producing a wide range of symptoms, some minor and some severe. "MS is the most variable of serious neurologic diseases," said Dr. Fred Lublin, director of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "It can be very, very mild, to the point where some people don't know they have it, and it can be very debilitating for others. And everything in between."
- Dr. Fred Lublin, Professor, Neurology, Director of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
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