Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2002 Dec;16(4):307-20
Burks JS, Arnason BG, Coyle PK, Ford CC, Noronha A, Rammohan KW.
Washoe Institute of Neurosciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno 89509, USA.
The objective of this roundtable discussion of experts in the field of multiple sclerosis (MS) was to summarize the current understanding of MS and its therapeutic options.
The experts discussed subjects ranging from the etiology of MS to the current standards for patient care.
Specific topics included the subtypes of MS, with a focus on the benign subtype, brain atrophy, the role of magnetic resonance imaging or "neuroimaging studies," disease-modifing therapies, biological markers as indicators of drug efficacy, and combination therapies.
In addition, the experts speculated as to what will be available in the near future for the improved diagnosis and management of MS.
This review summarizes the main points of this discussion and is intended to serve as a reference for neurologists involved in the care of patients with MS.