A type of bacteria that encourages inflammation has been found in the GI tract of children with multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis child patients show higher levels of pro-inflammatory gut bacteria. The study found that certain types of bacteria were either higher or lower in children with multiple sclerosis, compared to children without the disease. It was also observed that there were higher levels of pro-inflammatory gut bacteria and a decrease in anti-inflammatory bacteria.
Lead author Professor Helen Tremlett said, “While these findings are preliminary, they are intriguing. We also observed some similarities between our findings and other emerging gut microbiota studies in multiple sclerosis. Whether these indicate a ‘gut signature’ of multiple sclerosis or of broader autoimmune disease remains to be determined. We also found differences in the gut microbiota composition between those children taking a disease-modifying drug for their disease, compared with those who were not. This finding warrants further study.”
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