Here is My Question:
Can chronic inactive lesions still cause problems and can these problems get worse? My balance is getting worse as are my eyes. Thanks
There is no sure way at present to differentiate chronic inactive from chronic active MS lesions during life with a tissue biopsy. These terms are pathological descriptions without a definite correlate on MR imaging. That said, there are many ways for MS to progressively worsen in those individuals who do not appear to show any changes on MR imaging over many years. Examples of ways in which MS can worsen over time despite no change on standard MR imaging of the brain or spinal cord include the following:
Revere P (Rip) Kinkel, MDProfessor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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