Retina's thickness may be tied to severity of MS

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Retina's thickness may be tied to severity of MS

Postby MSUK » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:23 am

Study suggests retina's thickness may be tied to severity of MS


Using a high-tech imaging process to measure the thickness of the eye's retina may one day predict the progression of multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests.

The finding might lead to better ways to judge the effectiveness of treatments because different parts of the retina seem to indicate different aspects of the disease and the toll it takes on different parts of the brain, the researchers said.

The report was published online Oct. 1 in the Archives of Neurology.

Multiple sclerosis is thought to be an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system, which consists of the brain, the spinal cord and optic nerves. Symptoms range from mild effects, such as numbness in the limbs, to severe, such as paralysis or blindness.

"In treating multiple sclerosis we have been tremendously successful in reducing the number of attacks," said Dr. Ari Green, assistant clinical director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of California, San Francisco, and author of an accompanying editorial in the journal.

That's the inflammatory part of the disease, Green explained. "We are very successful at treating inflammation in multiple sclerosis. We are less successful in being able to treat or reverse disability," he said.... Read More - ... ageid/2479
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Re: Retina's thickness may be tied to severity of MS

Postby CureOrBust » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:38 am

appears to be a confirmation of
squiffy2 - June 2011 wrote:Image

A common retinal imaging technology could eventually supplement or even replace MRI for tracking multiple sclerosis severity and progression, researchers suggested here.

In analyses presented at the annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, distinctive changes to the optic nerve were seen in MS patients imaged with optical coherence tomography (OCT) that correlated with MRI-based markers of disease activity.

With additional studies, OCT may prove to be a better tool than MRI for directly measuring the effects of MS in the nervous system, several researchers said.... Read More - ... ageid/2863
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