Multiple sclerosis care at Mayo Clinic
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Mayo Clinic's world-renowned multiple sclerosis teams include neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists (physiatrists), urologists, psychiatrists, and neuro-ophthalmologists, and other specialists working together as a multidisciplinary team to evaluate and treat each individual.
With an emphasis on collaborative care, specialists interact very closely with their colleagues across all campuses.
This collaboration means that you're not getting just one opinion — your care is discussed among the team, and the most highly specialized multiple sclerosis experts in the world are all working together for you. Your test results are available quickly and your appointments are scheduled in coordination. What might take months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
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MS can be difficult to diagnose, as symptoms often vary from person to person or may be caused by a different condition. An accurate diagnosis is critical to provide the most effective care.
Mayo Clinic's MS care teams evaluate thousands of people with MS each year. With a concentration on MS and vast experience, Mayo Clinic doctors are able to make accurate diagnoses and recommend effective treatments from the start.
Because MS is less common in children than in adults, pediatric MS can be especially difficult to diagnose. Mayo Clinic has a specialized Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center, staffed by a team of experts devoted to treating children with MS.
At Mayo Clinic, researchers are always working to develop new treatments to improve outcomes for people with MS.
For example, Mayo Clinic was one of the first clinics to treat MS with interferons. Mayo Clinic also developed plasma exchange and has been successfully using this treatment for more than 20 years.
Mayo Clinic experts continually study new diagnostic and treatment options, which they test through clinical trials.
Mayo Clinic researchers were the first to discover that a certain type of T cell (CD8) plays a critical role in causing nerve damage in MS. This discovery may lead to new drugs to slow or stop that nerve damage.
Multiple sclerosis research laboratory at Mayo Clinic
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The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories
Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.
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Expertise and rankings
Mayo Clinic's multiple sclerosis experts provide comprehensive care for more than 3,500 adults and children with multiple sclerosis each year.
Mayo Clinic's MS program has earned a national reputation as a top diagnostic and treatment center. The program is recognized for its multidisciplinary approach to patient care as well as for its advanced research into improved medications and other treatments.
The Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is recognized as a Pediatric Network MS Center by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked high-performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.
Locations, travel and lodging
Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Costs and insurance
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.
Mayo Clinic Multiple Sclerosis Program