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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Improved Way to Identify 'Benign' MS Suggested

By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today
Published: July 29, 2009
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

WHEELING, W.Va., July 29 -- Regular neurocognitive screening and MRI scans may be able to spot patients with so-called benign multiple sclerosis who will soon develop significant disabilities, researchers said.

Among 63 patients diagnosed with benign MS at baseline, 29% developed disabling symptoms during mean follow-up of five years, reported Maria Pia Amato, MD, of the University of Florence, Italy, and colleagues online in Neurology.

They found that T1-weighted brain lesion volume detected on MRI scans, the number of neurocognitive tests failed at baseline, and male gender, were each significantly predictive of disease progression.

A model combining all three predictors distinguished those who progressed with an accuracy of 82%, the researchers reported.

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2 comments:

Denver Refashionista said...

I was diagnosed with benign MS but unfortunately it has not remained benign. I really hoped--

Stuart said...

Denver - Benign is much better that it developing into RRMS or worse.....
I would be content with just Benign.

Stuart