Neurodegeneration in MS: A clue to diability?

Corticla tarophy has been proposed as an imprtant pathophysiological mechanisms in disability development in progressive forms of multiple sclerosis.  A number of studies utilsing sophistcated MRI tehcniques have yielded such evidence.  In this issue of JNNP and elegant study demonstrated the importance of neurodegeneration at a pathological level, “reflected by a global reduction of neuronal density, the presence of acutely injured axons, and the accumulation of oxidised phospholipids and DNA in neurons, oligodendrocytes and axons“.  As such preventing degenration is the key, although the real question must be how can we revearse the process.  Will antioxidants, antiexcitotoxic agents work??

 

 

Read more at http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/85/12/1386.abstract