It will probably come as no surprise to many people that many interventional radiologists are interested in the effects of treating chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) in people with MS - after all, they are the ones performing the procedures.
According to findings at the 37th annual scientific meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), held in San Francisco March 24 - 29th, treating CCSVI produces "significant short-term improvement in physical and mental quality of life in people with MS."
Researchers reported on the "Albany study," which included 96 individuals with relapsing remitting, 66 with secondary progressive and 30 with primary progressive. They found that in people with relapsing-remitting MS and primary progressive MS:
- 75 percent showed physical improvement
- 70 percent showed improvement in mental health scores
In people with secondary progressive MS, 59 percent had improvements in physical health scores and 50 percent had improvements in mental health scores.
Researchers also noted that improvements are more likely in people who have been diagnosed within the last 10 years.
I do not know how long patients were followed or at what time increments they were evaluated.
Read the 2010 position statement of the Society of Interventional Radiology on CCSVI: Interventional Endovascular Management of Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: A Position Statement by the Society of Interventional Radiology, Endorsed by the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association
For technical reading on the SIR's approach to researching CCSVI: Development of a Research Agenda for Evaluation of Interventional Therapies for Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency: Proceedings from a Multidisciplinary Research Consensus Panel