Study Shows No Link Between Blocked Veins And MS

shutterstock_185896364Multiple sclerosis can be a debilitating disease for people that some try to resort to unproven treatments in hopes of getting better. There was such an unproven and risky treatment for MS called liberation procedure that aimed to remove the blockage from the veins that drain blood going out of the brain. It was quite controversial in that it offered a different take on what causes multiple sclerosis. But recent research reported that there is no link between MS and blocked veins.

Researchers from University of Calgary reported that they found no link between multiple sclerosis and chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, a condition characterized by blockage to veins connected to the brain. The study involved looking into the ultrasound results of 120 patients and 60 controls. The researchers also found that a high percentage in both groups met the criteria for CCSVI diagnosis.

Results of the evaluation showed that there was no significant difference between the number of CCSVI conditions between MS patients and healthy controls. This indicates that the condition is not linked to MS or seems to exacerbate the condition.

An Italian vascular surgeon Dr. Paolo Zambino first suggested the link between CCSVI and MS in 2009. He was the same doctor who first coined the term CCSVI for the said condition. The finding was a departure from the usual belief that MS may be caused by an autoimmune condition that leads to inflammation of the brain. Dr. Zamboni suggested that a vein-widening procedure he called the liberation treatment can help improve MS symptoms.

Despite the controversy regarding the innovative treatment, many MS patients still wanted to try it out. A survey of Canadian MS patients who went out of the country to seek the said treatment were relatively satisfied with the results. Further investigations may be needed to determine whether clearing blocked veins in the neck or head area that lead to the brain may have an impact on MS symptoms among patients despite the new findings.

Source: Medical News Today

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