Multiple sclerosis (MS)

As a leader in multiple sclerosis (MS) research, Duke’s physicians are paving the way for more effective treatments that can target the underlying genetic causes of this debilitating disease. While there is no cure for MS, our in-depth understanding of how the disease starts and progresses means we can provide you with more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans - today and in the future.

Forefront of multiple sclerosis care and research

Multiple sclerosis is not easy to diagnose. If you have MS, your symptoms may come and go, possibly for months at a time, and may be mild or easily confused with other conditions. Because there is no one test that can confirm if you have MS, our doctors follow a careful, strategic evaluation that involves detailed examinations, MRIs, and blood and spinal fluid analyses.

Once we confirm your diagnosis, we develop a plan to manage your symptoms using a personalized combination of medication and therapy services. Because we are at the forefront of MS research, our scientists influence how we diagnose and treat your condition.

Choose Duke for your MS care because we offer:

  • Breakthrough MS research. We are one of three hospitals forming the Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Group, the most comprehensive genetic study ever done for MS. Through this partnership, our researchers identified a cluster of genes believed to be largely responsible for the disorder - a significant finding that could lead to more effective treatments.
  • Nationally ranked care. Our neurology department is one of the best in the country, and consistently ranks among the top neuroscience programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Specialized therapy services. Our patients have access to comprehensive rehabilitation and therapy services at the Duke Raleigh Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. Staff members are specially trained to work one-on-one with neurology patients, including those with MS. They focus on maximizing your functional capabilities and independence.
  • Aggressive treatment approach. We take what we describe as an aggressive approach to treating MS. That means we offer new medications and therapies as soon as they become available.



There is no one test that can confirm you have multiple sclerosis. Our experts use the following strategies to determine if you meet the criteria for MS:

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