More MS news articles for Nov 2001

Multiple sclerosis: spontaneous course, natural history

Rev Neurol (Paris) 2001 Sep;157(8-9):753-756
Vukusic S, Moreau T, Bouhour F, Adeleine P, Confavreux C.
Service du Neurologie A, Pr Ch. Confavreux, Hopital Neurologique Pierre Wertheimer 59, boulevard Pinel, 69003 Lyon.

Globally, the course and prognosis of multiple sclerosis are heterogeneous, and generally considered to be unpredictable.

Advances in statistical techniques have made it possible to analyze representative cohorts of patients to clearly delineate the overall prognosis of the disease, beyond individual variations.

For each individual however, there appears to be a steady progression as shown by serial quantified neurological examinations.

At the present time early prediction of outcome remains impossible.

In the near future, new imaging techniques may provide a solution to this problem allowing selection of patients at risk who could benefit from early treatment.

PMID: 11677394 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]