Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) involves a brief but intense attack of inflammation (swelling) in the brain and spinal cord that damages the brain's myelin. Myelin is the protective covering of nerve fibers.
Myelin is also called white matter due to its color. Because ADEM affects myelin, it is a type of a "demyelinating" disorder.
|Some facts about ADEM|
How Children’s approaches ADEM
Boston Children's Hospital treats ADEM at the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Program. Our program includes a pediatric neuropsychologist, a nurse and a social worker.