Devic's Disease

Our experts will develop a treatment plan, including long-term follow-up care, specifically tailored to your child's needs. When necessary, we collaborate with other specialists at UCSF or elsewhere to ensure that your child receives the most comprehensive care possible.

Treatment will depend on the severity of your child's condition and symptoms.

Intravenous (IV) steroids or oral steroid therapy may be given to your child to manage attacks and control symptoms. Immune suppressant medications, either taken intravenously or orally, may also be recommended to prevent future attacks.

Children who do not respond to steroids or immune suppressant drugs may benefit from plasma exchange. In this procedure, blood is extracted and a machine separates the blood cells from the plasma. Blood cells are then mixed with a replacement solution that resembles plasma, which is then returned to the body.

Because we are part of an international network of six pediatric MS centers sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, we have access to the latest information, research and treatments.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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Multiple Sclerosis Center
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-3939
Fax: (415) 353-3543
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