Cognitive processing speed may be impaired in pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis

Takeaway

  • Over 20% of people with pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis and clinically isolated syndrome have cognitive impairment early in their disease course and this can worsen within a few years.

Why this matters

    This the largest pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis cohort study to assess cognitive function early in the disease course. The observation that relapses and steroid use adversely affect cognition suggests that closer attention to educational needs may be necessary during disease flares.