Dr. Cipriani talking with a female patient in an exam room
Neuroimmunologist Veronica Cipriani, MD, specializes in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis Program

Neurologists at the University of Chicago Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Program are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Our doctors have helped to develop many of the life-transforming treatments currently used to treat MS. We have a distinguished record of providing definitive diagnoses and comprehensive treatments to help patients manage their symptoms and to limit flare-ups and progression of the disease. Our multidisciplinary team will determine the best treatment for symptoms of MS for every patient.

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, autoimmune disease of the brain and spinal cord. While the exact cause is not known, we do know that MS causes a person's white blood cells to attack their myelin, the insulator of nerve fibers in the brain. This attack damages brain cells and interrupts nerve impulses that travel to and from the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms — often unpredictable and erratic — range from mild to severe, affect different parts of the brain, vary by patient and can often be treated.

Common Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

  • Changes in memory, thinking or concentration
  • Vision problems such as blurred vision, eye pain, vision loss or difficulty seeing colors
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Movement issues, including balance problems and difficulty walking
  • Progressive leg weakness
  • Numbness, tingling or spastic movements
  • Problems with bowel, bladder and sexual function
  • Trigeminal neuralgia, a condition that causes sudden, severe facial pain

Why Choose UChicago Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis Care?

  • We offer definitive diagnoses and treatment plans for each course of MS to help manage your symptoms and limit flare-ups and progression of the disease.
  • We understand the different symptoms of MS and which treatment option is best for each. Through a collaborative approach, our neurologists will work with other specialists to create a personalized care plan that addresses all your needs.
  • Our experts conduct cutting-edge MS research and integrate the latest therapies and medications into their treatment plans to offer the most advanced and comprehensive care available. Our patients have access to new MS treatments that are not widely available.
  • UChicago Medicine is recognized as a Partner in MS Care and a Center for Comprehensive Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for providing exceptional, multidisciplinary care for people with multiple sclerosis.

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Veronica Cipriani, MD