Can a high-risk treatment reverse the symptoms of some MS sufferers?
A radical treatment can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis and even reverse symptoms of the autoimmune disease, research suggests.
The “highly exciting” therapy involves destroying the patient’s immune system and regenerating a new one using stem cells taken from their bone marrow.
A 13-year trial involving 24 people with a highly active, relapsing form of MS saw 70% of patients experience a complete halt in the disease’s progression.
In 40% of patients, symptoms such as vision loss, balance problems and muscle weakness were reversed for prolonged periods of time.
Although doctors say the findings hold a lot of promise, experts have warned the treatment can have serious side effects and risks.
It is also thought the therapy will only help a small proportion of patients in the early stages of MS – and patients who have had significant disabilities for a prolonged period of time are unlikely to benefit.
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