Journal of Neurology

, Volume 255, Supplement 6, pp 15–21 | Cite as

Immunomodulatory treatment strategies in multiple sclerosis

  • Bernd C. Kieseier
  • Heinz Wiendl
  • Verena I. Leussink
  • Olaf Stüve
Article

Abstract

Multiple sclerosis (MS) represents the prototypic inflammatory autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system and the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults. The mainstays in the immunomodulatory therapy of MS are currently interferon beta and glatiramer acetate, both of which have proven to be clinically and paraclinically effective. Current clinical evidence indicates that treatment should be initiated as early as possible. In this review we summarize available data from clinical studies on clinical efficacy of immunomodulatory drugs for treating patients with multiple sclerosis.

Key words

multiple sclerosis immunomodulation interferon beta glatiramer acetat 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernd C. Kieseier
    • 1
  • Heinz Wiendl
    • 2
  • Verena I. Leussink
    • 1
  • Olaf Stüve
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. of NeurologyHeinrich-Heine UniversityDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Dept. of NeurologyJulius-Maximilians UniversityWürzburgGermany
  3. 3.Neurology SectionVA North Texas Health Care System Medical ServiceDallasUSA
  4. 4.Dept. of Neurology and Dept. of ImmunologyUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasDallasUSA

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