Multiple Sclerosis/Neuroimmunology Program

About Our Multiple Sclerosis Program:

NCD has welcomed a board-certified neurologist/neuroimmunologist, Dr. Adnan Subei, who specializes in the treatment and management of various demyelinating and autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system, including Multiple Sclerosis.

Neuroimmunology concentrates on the relationship between your nervous system and your immune system and the ways in which those interactions influence your nervous system’s ability to function. Immunologic damage to your brain, spinal cord, nerves, and other tissues causes various symptoms, depending on where the attacks occur, affecting your overall health and well-being.

At NCD, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive management approach, using modern medicine, holistic treatments, and compassion for each individual’s complex disorder. We understand that managing diseases such as multiple sclerosis is complicated and requires expertise and resources beyond the typical office visit. Our multidisciplinary approach is tailored specifically to each patient’s needs.

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Our Multiple Sclerosis Team:

While all our physicians diagnose demyelinating diseases and treat their subsequent symptoms, we also have a board-certified neurologist, neuroimmunologist that specializes in diagnosing and managing these diseases.

What Our Multiple Sclerosis Program includes:

  • A professional collaboration to improve the patient’s quality of life.
  • Consultation with a board-certified demyelinating disease specialist
  • Medication review and management
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • State of the art technology including MRI (with neuro trained radiology readings)
  • Clinical Research providing access to emerging therapies
  • In house infusion suite
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy with neuro-trained therapists
  • Onsite pharmacy with NCD supervised pharmacist
  • Neuro Testing Center with access to comprehensive neurological testing
What is demyelination?

There are over 7 trillion nerves in the human body. All these nerves are part of what’s known as your body’s nervous system. These nerves send and receive intricate messages from every part of your body and process them in your brain. These messages allow you to speak, see, feel, and think. Your nerves are coated in something called myelin. Myelin is an insulating material that protects nerves. When the myelin is damaged, the nerves can deteriorate, causing complications in the brain and throughout the body. Damage to myelin around nerves is called demyelination.

What is Neuroimmunology?

Neuroimmunology is the study of connections between the central nervous system and immune system of the body.

  • The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism that provides protection against infections and toxins our bodies encounter. When foreign substances, including bacteria or viruses, enter the body, immune cells get activated and neutralize these potential threats through a cascade of complex cellular events.
  • The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. The brain controls how we think, learn, move, and feel. The spinal cord carries messages back and forth between the brain and the nerves that run throughout the body.

What are symptoms of demyelinating disease?

The most common symptoms of demyelinating disorders are:

  • Vision loss or sudden changes
  • Muscle weakness or stiffness
  • Numbness, tingling, burning, or pricking sensations
  • Muscle spasms
  • Changes in how well your bladder and bowels work
  • Sensory changes (pain when touched lightly)
  • Imbalance or gait disturbance
  • Hyperreflexia
  • Ataxia or incoordination of movements
  • Dizziness or vertigo

What are Neuroinflammatory Disorders?

Neuroinflammatory disorders happen when the immune system—the very system designed to protect the body—becomes overly active and attacks healthy cells. The immune system may damage parts of the central nervous system, which encompasses the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. There is no known cure for these diseases.

Some types of Neuroinflammatory disorders include:

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Acute Optic Neuritis (AON)
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein Associated Disease (MOGAD)
  • Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders (NMOSD)

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