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CCSVI a causal factor in MS (after the workshop)

5 speakers presenting their cases and giving tips on technique in diagnosis and management. All speakers agreed that they think the treatment works in some patients, but they dont know why. Interesting as they all seemed to have slightly different opinions on some aspects of diagnosis. I was left in no doubt that there is a group of patients with MS who seem to have a genuine stenosis of the jugular vein/veins. However I am well aware of many patients without MS who also have this.

A striking case was shown of severe bilateral stenosis in a patient with progressive and severe MS. He was treated with angioplasty and definitely improved significantly beyond what you could expect from any placebo effect. Anecdote I know, but striking. I remain in some doubt as to whether CCSVI is a genuine abnormality that can cause MS.

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