Using Balloons to Increase Blood Flow from Brain Fails to Help MS Patients, Trial Finds

Using Balloons to Increase Blood Flow from Brain Fails to Help MS Patients, Trial Finds

Using balloons to enlarge veins so that more blood flows out of the brain and spinal cord fails to help multiple sclerosis patients, according to a clinical trial in Italy.

Researchers said the procedure did not improve their functioning or reduce their brain lesions — areas where toxic protein build-ups have killed nerve cells. The procedure, known as venous percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, was safe, however, the team said.

The study involved relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients with a condition called chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. The narrowed veins that mark that condition limit blood flow from the brain and spinal cord back to the heart.

Researchers published their study in the journal JAMA Neurology. The title is “Efficacy and Safety of Extracranial Vein Angioplasty in Multiple Sclerosis A Randomized Clinical Trial.

Angioplasty involves doctors inserting a catheter with a balloon on its end into a blood vessel, then inflating the balloon to enlarge the vein and restore normal blood flow.

Janet Stewart is a life sciences writer and editor, holds an MSc. in Virology and Immunology and has worked on research on multiple sclerosis during the course of her graduate studies.
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Janet Stewart is a life sciences writer and editor, holds an MSc. in Virology and Immunology and has worked on research on multiple sclerosis during the course of her graduate studies.

3 comments

  1. Rosanne Costain says:

    I was part of this study locally. It did not cure my MS, what it did was reduce the sensitivity in my hands and legs, cleared a lot of my “brain fog” stopped my slurring of words and improved my balance.
    What I wish I could get is venaplasty on the other side.
    I was happy to be involved with this study, as I was with other studies that produced no results.
    I have now “aged out” of volunteering for other studies otherwise I wouild be very glad to do so.

    • Per West says:

      Of course it works. Why should MS-patients be the only ones who’s not responding positive to a healthy bloodflow.
      Only corruptive neurologists can claim, that this is not the case.
      One year they claimed, that the lympnodes was not present in our brain.
      It is obvious, that they do not know anything about MS, other that there is plenty of money to collect by not trying to learn about the disease.

  2. Edward Robak says:

    I had my CCSVI treatment in Poland in 2010. My fatigue, balance and autonomic functions improved greatly and have stayed improved. However, unlike most patients, I had a stent implanted. I believe that the stenoses in most people who only had ballooning done snapped back into place. That doesn’t mean that CCSVI treatment doesn’t work, it means that, for those people that could benefit from it, using stents should be considered.

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