CCSVI in MS – new findings in the field!!

I recently found something that amazed me… It was brought up during a meeting of experts in Bologna (Italy) on Sept. 8th this year. I’m herein quoting the first part of the press release:

Four main points concerning the relationship between CCSVI and MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS were covered by several experts at a Meeting in Bologna. All the investigations that gave an answer to these 4 fundamental points were coordinated by Prof Paolo Zamboni who discovered CCSVI and its association with Multiple Sclerosis; in some other cases, research was carried out in cooperation between Prof Zamboni and major foreign Universities.

  1. What is the origin of the extracranial cerebral vein stenoses which characterize CCSVI
  2. Are there advanced diagnostic systems capable of identifying which changes are caused by CCSVI in the central nervous system?
  3. Can CCSVI be treated and how?
  4. Can CCSVI therapy improve the clinical outcomes  of MS and affect its prognosis?

— Now you probably wonder what this CCSVI is all about…so what is CCSVI?

Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency… it’s a chronic (ongoing) problem where blood from the brain and spine has trouble getting back to the heart. It’s caused by stenosis (a narrowing) in the veins that drain the spine and brain. Blood takes longer to get back to the heart, and it can reflux back into the brain and spine or cause edema and leakage of red blood cells and fluids into the delicate tissue of the brain and spine. Blood that stays in the brain too long creates “slowed perfusion”…a delay in deoxyginated blood leaving the head. This can cause a lack of oxygen (hypoxia) in the brain. This slowed perfusion has been linked to fatigue in MS patients.

— Any other relations to MS…?

Well, it seems that every MS patient tested so far has it. Over 500 MS patients in Italy have it (tested by Dr. Paolo Zamboni), 45 MS patients in the US have it (tested by Dr. Michael Dake), 6 clinically defined MS patients and 3 probable MS patients have it in Poland (tested by Dr. Marion Simka) and 1000 patients and controls are being tested for it by Jacobs Neurological Institute in Buffalo. In addition, none of the normal patients (controls) tested have it and none of the patients with other neurological diseases have it. Only people with MS!

— How can it be diagnosed..? Experts have also provided an answer to this:

New magnetic resonance (MRI) parameters linked to CCSVI which might in the future bring about a true revolution in the way of diagnosing MS. These new parameters include: quantification of iron deposits and volume assessment of intracranial veins and CSF.”

For more details on the press release follow the CCSVI link under “Links” on the right side ; )

For those of you who are facebooked…there is a whole group on FB dedicated to this. The author seems to have covered the topic rather in-depth… so I’d suggest you to go on FB and simply search for “CCSVI in Multiple Sclerosis”… and thereby keep updated on this particular topic ; )

Never forget… Hope is the last to die!

25.Nov.2009: additional info –> ccsvi brief background story

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