Multiple Sclerosis, Illustration

Multiple Sclerosis, Illustration

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Credit: Evan Oto/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: An illustration of multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that damages the central nervous system, resulting in a variety of symptoms including muscle spasms, loss of balance and coordination, numbness, and muscle weakness. In multiple sclerosis, the myelin sheath which protects a neuron's axon is attacked by the immune system, due to what is thought to be a virus or defective gene. When that protective covering is damaged, nerve signals slow down or stop. This illustration depicts a neuron affect by the disease, as well as a cross-sectional view of the brain with scarring and plaque formation brought on by the body's inflammatory response.

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Keywords: anatomic, anatomy, art, artwork, autoimmune disease, axon, brain, central nervous system, cns, demyelinating disease, illustration, medical, medical illustration, ms, multiple sclerosis, myelin sheath, nerve cell, neuron, science

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