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What is Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)?

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is a rare autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. It occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin sheath that covers nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. This can cause inflammation, damage to nerve fibers, and a range of symptoms, including headache, fever, seizures, and paralysis. ADEM can affect both children and adults, and it often occurs after a viral or bacterial infection. 

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Symptoms of ADEM

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) symptoms can vary widely depending on the severity and location of the inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. Some common symptoms of ADEM include:

  • headache
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • confusion
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irritability

In more severe cases, ADEM can cause seizures, paralysis, loss of vision or hearing, and even coma. The onset of symptoms may be sudden or gradual, and they can develop over several days to several weeks. It's important to note that the symptoms of ADEM can be similar to those of other neurological conditions, so it's essential to seek medical attention and receive an accurate diagnosis from a qualified healthcare provider.

Diagnosing and Treating ADEM

Diagnosing Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) can be challenging, as the symptoms of ADEM can be similar to those of other neurological conditions. However, a diagnosis can be made based on clinical symptoms, imaging studies such as MRI scans, and sometimes a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) to analyze cerebrospinal fluid. Treatment for ADEM typically involves high-dose corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and swelling in the brain and spinal cord. Other treatments may include intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), plasmapheresis (a procedure to remove and replace plasma from the blood), and other immunosuppressive medications. In some cases, rehabilitation therapy may be needed to help patients regain strength and function after experiencing neurological symptoms such as paralysis or weakness. The earlier ADEM is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome is likely to be, so it's essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of ADEM.

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Do vaccines cause ADEM?

There has been some concern about a possible link between Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) and certain vaccines, particularly the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. While ADEM can occur after a viral or bacterial infection, including the viruses the MMR vaccine protects against, the risk of developing ADEM after vaccination is extremely low. Studies have shown that the incidence of ADEM after MMR vaccination is less than 1 in 1 million doses. However, if you or a loved one has developed ADEM following vaccination, discussing the situation with a qualified healthcare provider and considering seeking legal assistance to explore your options is important. An experienced Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and guide you through the legal process if you decide to pursue a vaccine injury claim.

How we can help with your ADEM

Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis can change your life, and you may be qualified to receive financial compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
After lawsuits against vaccine companies and healthcare providers in the 1980s threatened to reduce U.S. vaccination rates and cause a resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases, the VICP was created. At My Vaccine Lawyer, our team can help you file a claim and guide you through the entire process with the VICP if you have suffered from vaccine-related injuries.

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What you can expect from our team of Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis attorneys

Our firm will treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve. We understand what you are going through and will work to get the compensation you need and deserve. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program can be complex, difficult, and contentious. Our attorneys have experience with these cases' medical, legal, and factual issues. They are prepared to resolve any disputes arising during the process.
Some of the benefits of working with our team include the following:

Free Case Evaluation: We will review your case and let you know if you are eligible for compensation
No Costs: You do not pay attorneys fees or costs to file a case in the vaccine program
Experienced & Skilled Representation: Our team has years of experience fighting for the rights of injured patients

If you or a loved one has been affected by a vaccine injury, don't wait to get help. We strongly recommend that injured parties hire a vaccine injury lawyer and do not attempt to represent themselves in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Contact us today for a free consultation. We are here to fight for you.

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