CCSVI Alliance announced in August that President Sharon Richardson was invited to observe a session of the current study looking at CSF flow obstruction in neurodegenerative disease, conducted by Dr. Rosa and Dr. Damadian in Latham, NY. As we mentioned at that time, observations from the study look promising. We are anxiously awaiting the resulting data to be published.
In the interim, the Alliance is facilitating the introduction of this new research to medical professionals familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of CCSVI.
Here is more insight into this innovative study, via today's press release from FONAR,
"Dr. Damadian has shown that 8 patients with MS had degenerative changes in their cervical spines which impinged on the spinal canal and limited the pulsatile, to-and-fro flow of cervical CSF over the cardiac cycle, as demonstrated on UPRIGHT® MRI. His hypothesis that increased resistance to outflow of CSF is linked to the etiology of MS has some similarities to Dr. P. Zamboni's hypothesis that MS is due to the impeded outflow of venous blood from the brain due to dural sinus stenoses. In both theories, increased resistance to outflow of either CSF or venous blood would be expected to modify the intracranial pressure wave over the cardiac cycle. While both theories need to be further tested with larger controlled studies, it is intriguing that they seem to invoke similar pathologic changes. Whether these changes are etiologic in all cases of MS remains to be tested."
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