Dr. Travis describes CCSVI, or chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, an abnormal blood drainage from the brain and spinal cord that may contribute to nerve damage in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
CCSVI, which is chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, is a new concept in MS or multiple sclerosis. It is a concept that was first brought up by Dr. Zamboni in Italy who did a small study, and in his small study in Italy found that people with MS, whether they took MS medications or not, had obstructed drainage of veins from the blood flow from their brain and spinal cord and so it is a concept which is entirely new for multiple sclerosis and it’s one in which the U.S. now has some studies under way to see if we can find if that’s really related to multiple sclerosis.
The hopes of CCSVI are that we might be able to find an entirely new approach to MS and potentially a way to help either relieve the symptoms or help perhaps change the course of the disease.
About Dr. Lori Travis, M.D.:
Dr. Travis is a graduate of the University of Arizona Medical School. She completed her neurology residency at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where she was elected Chief Resident. Dr. Travis is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is currently on faculty at the University of Arizona as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology.