Opening Veins Fails To Help MS Patients In Study
This seems important. There has been a lot of attention for the idea, promoted by an Italian vascular surgeon name Paulo Zamboni, that multiple sclerosis could be treated by a surgical procedure to open up veins in the neck. The procedure — and some of the patients clamoring for it —were outlined in the New York Times Magazine last October. Most neurologists have been skeptical, to put it mildly.
The first randomized controlled trial of the surgery was just presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology:
Among nine patients who underwent the venoplasty to clear blockages, clinical outcomes and brain lesion measures were generally worse after 6 months than in the 10 patients who received a sham procedure, Adnan Siddiqui, MD, of the State University of New York at Buffalo, and colleagues found.
via Vein Surgery for MS Fails in First Controlled Trial.
The study is very small, and could easily have missed a small effect. But proponents of the treatment had said there could be dramatic changes, and there is no evidence of that here.
via Opening Veins Fails To Help MS Patients In Study – Forbes.