Apparently, detecting these venous stenoses in living people has become possible only recently. Admittedly I have no clue what goes on in an autopsy, but it seems reasonable that such a stenosis would be easy to see in that setting.
Hasn't the history of MS research included numerous studies involving autopsies? So if CCSVI is closely associated with MS, why didn't the correlation become apparent a long time ago?
(I'm trying to be a critical thinker, not a wet blanket.)
Good question, rokkit. Dr. F A Schelling noticed venous anomalies in MS patients at autopsy back in the 1970's in Austria, and wrote about the venous connection to MS. Here's his webpage where you can get his book for free. Check it out. He writes about the history of lesion study...docs have seen this correlation since the early 1900s. Search Schelling on TIMS to read more about our discussions of his research.
Neurologists followed the path of Charcot...stuck to studying the brain alone, without connection to the body as a whole, and have missed the forest for the trees. It's been here all along.
The story began in 1973, at the University of Innsbruck, when F. Alfons Schelling, M.D. began investigations into the causes and consequences of the enormous individual differences in the widths of the venous outlets of the human skull. The results of this study appeared, in 1978, in the official organ of the German-speaking Anatomical Societies, the "Anatomischer Anzeiger".
F.A. Schelling's 1981 discovery, at the Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Salzburg, of a striking widening of the main venous passageways through the skulls in victims of multiple sclerosis were to occupy the author's thoughts through the following decades of his quite diversified medical career. And in putting together, bit by bit, all the observations on the venous involvement in the emergence of the specific, and, in particular, cerebral lesions of multiple sclerosis, he was able to recognize their causes.
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09
dual stents placed 5/09
CCSVI in MS