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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Study Finds Link Between MS and Schizophrenia Risk

Analyzing a large medical database, researchers have found that patients with MS have an increased risk of bipolar disorder.

Researchers in the UK, led by Dr. Sreeram Ramagopalan of the University of Oxford and Evidera in London, analyzed the Hospital Episode Statistics database of hospital admissions in England.

With the statistical records of hospital admissions and the death certificates for the whole of England from 1999 to 2011, researchers tested whether MS patients are at an increased risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They found that patients with MS were at a significantly higher risk for schizophrenia; schizophrenia, schizotypal, and delusional disorders; and bipolar disorder. These associations were seen in males and females.

Caregivers are advised to appropriately diagnose and manage these conditions in patients with MS. Further, the results suggest shared causes between these disorders.

The research was presented at the ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS MS Boston 2014.

Source: MSFYI newsletter - August 2014

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