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Diffuse myelinoclastic sclerosis
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 G37.0
ICD-9 341.1
OMIM 272100
DiseasesDB 11849
eMedicine neuro/92
MeSH D002549

Diffuse myelinoclastic sclerosis, sometimes referred to as "Schilder's disease", is a very infrequent neurodegenerative disease that presents clinically as pseudotumoural demyelinating lesions, that make its diagnosis difficult. It usually begins in childhood, affecting children between 5 and 14 years old[1][2], but cases in adults are perfectly possible[3].

This disease is considered one of the borderline forms of multiple sclerosis because some authors consider them different diseases and others MS variants. Other diseases in this group are neuromyelitis optica (NMO), Balo concentric sclerosis and Marburg multiple sclerosis[4].



Symptoms are similar to those in multiple sclerosis and may include dementia, aphasia, seizures, personality changes, poor attention, tremors, balance instability, incontinence, muscle weakness, headache, vomiting, and vision and speech impairment.[5]


The Poser criteria for diagnosis are:[6]

  • One or two roughly symmetrical large plaques. Plaques are greater than 2 cm diameter.
  • No other lesions are present and there are no abnormalities of the peripheral nervous system.
  • Results of adrenal function studies and serum very long chain fatty acids are normal.
  • Pathological analysis is consistent with subacute or chronic myelinoclastic diffuse sclerosis.

Prognosis and clinical course

The prognosis of this disease is very variable and can take three different courses: a monophasic, not remitting; [7] [8], remitting;[9] [10] [11] and finally, progressive, with increase in deficits.[12]


Management Corticosteroids may be effective in some patients. Additional treatment options are beta-interferon or immunosuppressive therapy. Otherwise management is supportive and includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutritional support in the later stages as patients loose their ability to eat.


It was first described by Paul Ferdinand Schilder in 1912,[13][14] and for nearly one hundred years the term was used to describe also the other white matter pathologies described by him[15]. In 1986 Poser restricted the use of Schilder's disease to the one described here, but this name has remained still ambiguous.


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  2. ^ Afifi AK, Bell WE, Menezes AH, Moore SA (1994). "Myelinoclastic diffuse sclerosis (Schilder's disease): report of a case and review of the literature". J. Child Neurol. 9 (4): 398–403. doi:10.1177/088307389400900412. PMID 7822732.  
  3. ^ Bacigaluppi S, Polonara G, Zavanone ML, Campanella R, Branca V, Gaini SM, Tredici G, Costa A. Schilder's disease: non-invasive diagnosis? : A case report and review. PMID 19609739
  4. ^ Fontaine B (2001). "[Borderline forms of multiple sclerosis]" (in French). Rev. Neurol. (Paris) 157 (8-9 Pt 2): 929–34. PMID 11787357.  
  5. ^ NINDS Schilder's Disease Information Page [1]
  6. ^ Poser CM, Goutières F, Carpentier MA, Aicardi J (1986). "Schilder's myelinoclastic diffuse sclerosis". Pediatrics 77 (1): 107–12. PMID 3940347.  
  7. ^ Afifi AK, Bell WE, Menezes AH, Moore SA (1994). "Myelinoclastic diffuse sclerosis (Schilder's disease): report of a case and review of the literature". J. Child Neurol. 9 (4): 398–403. doi:10.1177/088307389400900412. PMID 7822732.  
  8. ^ Pretorius ML, Loock DB, Ravenscroft A, Schoeman JF (1998). "Demyelinating disease of Schilder type in three young South African children: dramatic response to corticosteroids". J. Child Neurol. 13 (5): 197–201. doi:10.1177/088307389801300501. PMID 9620009.  
  9. ^ de Lacour A, Guisado F, Zambrano A, Argente J, Acosta J, Ramos C (1998). "[Pseudotumor forms of demyelinating diseases. Report of three cases and review of the literature]" (in Spanish; Castilian). Revista de neurologia 27 (160): 966–70. PMID 9951014.  
  10. ^ Leuzzi V, Lyon G, Cilio MR, Pedespan JM, Fontan D, Chateil JF, Vital A (1999). "Childhood demyelinating diseases with a prolonged remitting course and their relation to Schilder's disease: report of two cases". J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 66 (3): 407–8. doi:10.1136/jnnp.66.3.407. PMID 10084548.  
  11. ^ Brunot E, Marcus JC (1999). "Multiple sclerosis presenting as a single mass lesion". Pediatr. Neurol. 20 (5): 383–6. doi:10.1016/S0887-8994(98)00164-7. PMID 10371386.  
  12. ^ Garell PC, Menezes AH, Baumbach G, Moore SA, Nelson G, Mathews K, Afifi AK (1998). "Presentation, management and follow-up of Schilder's disease". Pediatric neurosurgery 29 (2): 86–91. doi:10.1159/000028695. PMID 9792962.  
  13. ^ synd/1554 at Who Named It?
  14. ^ P. F. Schilder, Zur Kenntnis der sogenannten diffusen Sklerose (über Encephalitis periaxialis diffusa). Zeitschrift für die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie, 1912, 10 Orig.: 1-60.
  15. ^ Martin JJ, Guazzi GC (1991). "Schilder's diffuse sclerosis". Dev. Neurosci. 13 (4-5): 267–73. doi:10.1159/000112172. PMID 1817032.  

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