Two questions came in about CCSVI:
"I would like an opinion on whether you think it is "worth a shot" to try venous angioplasty for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI), especially when you have a progressive form of MS for which there is no other treatment available?" The other was "Why do you think CCSVI only works well the first time"
Answer: There has been a lot written about Chronic Cerebrovenous Insufficiency (CCSVI) and MS, including the treatment of this condition with the so called, "liberation procedure”. This has raised the hopes of many patients and initiated a cottage industry of angiographic intervention by physicians with highly questionable motives. After all the procedure makes a lot of money.
Let me be blunt and straight to the point:
There is no current reason to pursue either evaluation or treatment of CCSVI unless;
I understand that there are those of you who feel desperate and will try anything for your MS, but this treatment can be harmful. There have even been deaths directly attributed to the “liberation procedure”. Please avoid evaluation or treatment for CCSVI unless the following conditions are met:
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