When it comes to Multiple Sclerosis therapy, research performed by an Italian doctor discovered a connection between CCSVI in MS patients and in the presence of MS. Dr Zamboni’s research proved that CCSVI in Multiple Sclerosis patients can be treated and relief from symptoms is generally the result. In the study performed, 65 patients underwent an operation to alleviate CCSVI and of those 65 patients, 73 percent continued to be void of MS symptoms after 2 years had passed. This study was a major breakthrough for the MS community.

CCSVI is an acronym that stands for ‘chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency’. This ailment causes blood found flowing through the spine and brain to be unable to return to the heart, where it becomes oxygenated once again. As the oxygen-depleted blood remains in the central nervous system, this condition can reach a chronic level and possibly cause MS.

The diagnosis of CCSVI involves an ultrasound of the veins in the head and neck. This test is a specialized extracranial and transcranial Doppler sonography. Using a set of 5 criteria, in conjunction with the ultrasound, doctors require at least 2 criteria to be present for a positive diagnosis of CCSVI. While studying the high resolution image produced by the ultrasound, vascular surgeons look for signs of narrowing or deformity in the main veins of the central nervous system.

People who experience MS symptoms are usually referred to a neurologist. The study of CCSVI however, has caused certain patients to seek the help of a vascular surgeon instead to see if CCSVI could be an issue.


Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre


The motto of MS Therapy Centres is “self-help is our way of action”, and it is reflected in the fact that a lot of the directors and trustees, as well as its founding members, are MS patients themselves. However, every single center relies on many volunteers and is treated as an individual charity. There are very few, if any, paid staff members, so as to keep all funds flowing into the MS community. While there are locations across UK and Ireland, most are part of a much larger body; the MS National Therapy Centres. These centers help over 13,000 out of the estimated 85,000 people with MS in UK.

The mission of these charities is to help improve the quality of life for those affected by this incurable disease and to help provide high quality Multiple Sclerosis therapy to those with MS.


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