Can CCSVI Treatment Cure Multiple Sclerosis?

CCSVI and Multiple Sclerosis

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis and CCSVI

Multiple sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is a chronic, degenerative, neurological condition. Recently MS patients are positively buzzing around the news of something called CCSVI.

CCSVI stands for “chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency” and was discovered by an Italian scientist. I stumbled across CCSVI whilst on the internet and thought I needed to share what exactly I discovered about this new type of controversial new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). I have included an in-depth video interview with CCSVI researcher, Dr Paolo Zamboni, and case studies about the MS treatment called Liberation Procedure.

What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?

As I mentioned earlier chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency looks to be a much debated condition in patients who have multiple sclerosis.

I’m not going to go into what is multiple sclerosis or the different types of multiple sclerosis symptoms. I’d recommend you read all the resource information available from the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the UK. You’ll also learn a lot about multiple sclerosis by watching the first video below.

Who Discovered CCSVI?

The person who originated CCSVI is medical doctor, Dr Paolo Zamboni.

Zamboni is the medical director of the Vascular Diseases Center at the University of Ferrara in Italy. Zamboni did a study¹ where he found that a high number of people with multiple sclerosis had narrow veins in their neck coming from the brain compared to non-MS people.

Since that study it seems many MS sufferers have been talking about and searching the internet to be tested for CCSVI and to have CCSVI treatment.

Video Interview: Dr Zamboni Discusses CCSVI and MS

You can listen to and watch Dr Paolo Zamboni discuss chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency and MS with fellow doctors from the CTEVD study.

This was an American Academy of Neurology web forum held on April 14, 2010 and had 4,200 viewers online live at the time listening to the panel discussion.

Understanding CCSVI: The Stories, The Science, and the Need For Action Documentary

CCSVI Treatment: The Liberation Procedure

Criteria to qualify to be treated for CCSVI you first need to be diagnosed using ultrasound on the veins. Zamboni has a specific criteria that he says confirms CCSVI using coloured doppler ultrasound.

It looks like once you have been diagnosed with CCSVI, using the CCSVI ultrasound criteria, and you are a MS patient then there is a surgical treatment option called: “The Liberation Procedure“.

The liberation procedure is surgical procedure used to improve the blood flow through the narrowed veins in question, which are the azygous vein and internal jugular vein.

In the following video is of a lady in Italy who did a personal review of the liberation procedure.

HOW SOMEONE FELT AFTER CCSVI “LIBERATION PROCEDURE”

I managed to find these videos of a lady in Australia who had the CCSVI treatment procedure done on her.

The first video is 20 days post-CCSVI operation

The second several years later post-CCSVI operation.

So Is CCSVI the Cause or a Symptom of MS?

I got the feeling in my reading online that people with multiple sclerosis were very hopefully that one of the causes of this lifelong neurological disease had been discovered. However, a recent research study called, the CTEVD study², looked deeper into whether or not CCSVI is a cause of MS or a symptom of MS.

One of the authors of the from this study, medical doctor, Dr Robert Zivadinov said the following:

“So clearly, at this time we cannot exclude completely that CCSVI is playing a role in the first clinical attack…but as a unique factor to be the cause of this disease, I don’t think that’s the case.”

This means it looks like CCSVI is something that develops in MS sufferers from the recent Buffalo study.

The Bottom Line

This CCSVI debate caught my eye and I must say it is an interesting concept in the path to cure multiple sclerosis. If your a MS sufferer have you considered having the Liberation Procedure? Have you had the treatment done and found it has changed your MS symptoms at all? Please let me know in a comment below.

Further Reading:

  1. Zamboni P, Galeotti R, Menegatti E, et al. (April 2009). “Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in patients with multiple sclerosis”. J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 80 (4): 392–9
  2. “CCSVI May Be the Result, Not the Cause of MS” by Susan Jeffrey in Medscape Medical News [http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/742238]
  3. CCSVI as the Cause of Multiple Sclerosis: The Science Behind the Controversial Theory by Marie A. Rhodes [Book Below]
  4. Zivadinov R, Marr K, Cutter G, Ramanathan M, Benedict RH, Kennedy C, Elfadil M, Yeh AE, Reuther J, Brooks C, Hunt K, Andrews M, Carl E, Dwyer MG, Hojnacki D, Weinstock-Guttman B. Prevalence, sensitivity, and specificity of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in MS. Neurology. 2011 Jul 12;77(2):138-44.

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