Pediatric and Young Adult Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
Tuesday | 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Parking: Free for patients and visitors.
The Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis clinic diagnoses and treats children, adolescents and young adults with multiple sclerosis and related disorders.
Conditions We Treat
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
- Neuromylelitis optica
- Optic neuritis
- Transverse myelitis
- Autoimmune encephalitis
Your Child’s Team
Your child’s care team includes:
- Pediatric neurologists
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Pediatric neuropsychologists
- Social workers
Other Areas We Work With
We work with other specialties within UVA, including ophthalmology, urology and pain management, to coordinate care for your child when necessary.
We work closely with UVA's adult MS program, which allows for an easy transition as your child enters adulthood.
Learn more about MS treatment options at the UVA Children's Hospital.
Preparing for Your Visit
New patients: Bring a copy of your child’s medical records.
Current patients: Bring a copy of any new records since your child’s last visit.
Records may include:
- Physician letters
- Vaccine records
- Laboratory test results
- Spinal tap/lumbar puncture results
MRI or CT scan. Please make sure you bring both reports as well as actual images (copy on a CD).
Your Appointment: What to Expect
Patients will meet with our pediatric neurologist. You may also meet with the MS clinic’s nurse practitioner, Denise Bruen. During the appointment, we’ll:
- Discuss your child’s history
- Perform an exam
- Review any MRI studies or other diagnostic studies that were completed before your child's appointment
- Discuss the potential diagnosis, prognosis and care plan. At the end of your visit, we’ll provide you with written instructions about your child’s health.
We may order laboratory studies to help with diagnosing and treating your child.
The doctor may ask that you meet with our occupational therapists, physical therapists and/or neuropsychologist.
You may request to meet with our social worker. Social workers can help families who are struggling with a diagnosis. They also help with access to resources and services such as school, disability accommodations, equipment and insurance.