What does multiple sclerosis mean?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. It interferes with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

It is characterised by “sclerosis” — a Greek word meaning “scars”. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.

Multiple sclerosis is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system with over 23,000 people living with the disease in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. There is currently no known cure for the disease, however there are several treatment options available to help manage symptoms.

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