Children Who Suffer From Multiple Sclerosis Have Cognitive Problems

May 13, 2008

A new study has shown that chidlren and adolescents who suffer from multiple sclerosis have impaired cognitive function later in life.Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that chidlren and adolescents who suffer from multiple sclerosis have impaired cognitive function later in life.

The study, which was the largest ever to focus on how MS impacts the lives of young children was led by Maria Pia Amato of the University of Florence. It included 63 patients included who had multiple sclerosis, and 57 controls who were healthy.

The study stated that around 50% of the children and adolescents in the group who had multiple sclerosis had a form of cognitive impairment.

Comparing the IQ level of these children, the average IQ of a child suffering from MS was 101.3 compared to 120.5 for the healthy control group.

The authors of the study, which appeared in the May 13 issue of Neuology stated “We observed prominent defects of verbal and visuopatial memory complex attention, and aspects of executive functions.”

The majority of issues with cognitive impairment have to do wi th thinking and memory problems.


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