MS and Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI)
You’ve probably heard a few things about CCSVI. Here’s the rub.
Dr. Paolo Zamboni, noted vascular surgeon at the University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy says that chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is strongly associated with multiple sclerosis. But, what is CCSVI?
CCSVI is a condition where there is a reduction in the normal size of the inner open space in certain veins of the neck and chest cavity that drain blood from the brain back to the heart.
The decreased size (produced by webs and malformed valves of the veins) causes less than the normal drainage of the blood from the brain; over all, the brain’s blood flow is less; in addition, there is an increase in the time it takes for the blood to leave the brain after it enters it. According to Dr. Zamboni, these changes lead to the symptoms that occur in multiple sclerosis.
To relieve symptoms in multiple sclerosis sufferers, Dr. Zamboni performs balloon dilatation of the veins when CCSVI is present. Apparently, he achieves good results in relieving symptoms.
Now, a treatment such as this requires a distinguishing name. So, let’s call it the “liberation treatment”. [See references below].
1. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2009 April; 80(4): 392–399, Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in patients with multiple sclerosis, P Zamboni, et al
2. Vascular and Endovascular Controversies Update BIBA Medical, Ltd, 2009, 71-79, Rationale and preliminary results of endovascular treatment of multiple, P Zamboni, et al
That’s it in a nut shell.
To Your Health,
Dr. Rudy Cartwright
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