Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology Overview

People with multiple sclerosis or related conditions benefit from the advanced diagnostic and treatment expertise of the neurologists in the Division of Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology. Our multiple sclerosis care teams help thousands of adults and children each year. Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has a specialized Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the immune system, which normally protects your body, attacks the covering (myelin sheath) surrounding the nerves in your brain and spinal cord. These nerves send information from your brain and spinal cord to other nerves in your body, and myelin helps make this transmission efficient. Multiple sclerosis and several other conditions cause damage to the myelin (demyelinating diseases).

Your care team

Your neurologist brings together a multispecialty team that might include experts in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), urologists, psychiatrists, neuro-ophthalmologists, and others. This team listens to you and works to ensure you get exactly the care you need.

People with multiple sclerosis and related conditions benefit from this team-based approach, tailored to their needs, as symptoms can affect multiple body systems and cause weakness, walking problems, muscle stiffness and bladder problems. Our caring team can help you with your multiple sclerosis-related health concerns.


Research advances that improve clinical care

Our clinician-researchers and scientists have long been leaders in advancing the understanding and treatment of MS and other demyelinating diseases. They conduct clinical research, laboratory studies and clinical trials to study causes, genetics, disease progression and potential new treatments.

Staff in the Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology conducts research in MS and other related conditions.

Researchers also study evaluation and treatment options for children with multiple sclerosis at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, rank among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023-2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Feb. 06, 2024