There is an abstract out from Dr. Sinan's team in Kuwait, and the results are not good.
[S10.007] Endovascular Treatment of Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency in Multiple Sclerosis: Preliminary Data from a Prospective Open-Label Study
Raed Alroughani, Sulaiman Al-Khashan, Shekhar Lamdhade, Kuwait
But notice something? Dr. Sinan is not listed as one of the investigators. Only the two neurologists are listed. Joan took the initiative to conact Dr. Sinan, and here is what he responded:
"Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
I want to reassure you that this was not approved or discussed or reviewed by my self as the principal investigator nor the other members of the team, Dr. Hussain Safar, Dr. Muzaini and Dr. Sluiman alkhashan,
It will be immoral and ethical to publish this as the rest of the team have a different conclusion and result than Dr. Alroughani who has only seen the patients and followed them up for the first 6 months.
Our study is still on going and we are waiting for final result of 2 years follow up.
Dr. Tariq Sinan"
Two members of the team are presenting results without the cooperation of the whole team or all the data? The results are not great, and I want to see research such as this if it exists, because we need to know the good and the bad, and this is not definitive, just as any one positive study is not definitive. But I do not like to see Dr. Sinan abused by members of his own team in this way.
We heard from Dr. Burks at ISNVD about the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration. But then we hear of Dr. Sinan being treated in this way. I am reminded of the story of the fox and the scorpion, when the fox agrees to carry the scorpion across the river, and halfway across the scorpion stings, and just before they both drown the fox asks why and the scorpion responds, "Because it is my nature." Is it in the neurologists' nature to sting? Maybe multidisciplinary collaboration is not what we need.