A surgeon from Ferrara University in Italy, Paolo Zamboni, might have found a surprisingly simple cure for multiple sclerosis, thanks to a simple operation which unclogs the outgoing blood flow from the brain.
Thanks to this surgery, 73% of the 65 patients cured by Dr. Zamboni are no longer showing MS symptoms two years after undergoing the operation. These results might dramatically change the current knowledge about multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide, most of which are women, and that so far was thought incurable; there were only therapies which would somehow alleviate the patients’ suffering.
Dr. Zamboni’s idea was that most types of MS were caused by a roadblock along the way that takes iron out of the brain. By cleaning up two main outgoing veins, it has been possible to reinstate the blood flow, and eliminate the main cause of disease.
Zamboni’s research started because of a very personal reason: the discovery that his wife was affected by the nasty disease. In his frantic scrolling through all possible documentation, he found some old sources stating that the excess of iron in patients’ brain was a possible cause.
By retrieving some of his researches in which he demonstrated how an excess of iron could damage the legs’ veins, he thought that the same principle could be applicable to the brain, and found out that 90% of MS patients have a small deformation in the outgoing blood vessels that take iron out of the brain, and he called this deformation Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency.
To cut a long story short, by unblocking the vessels, symptoms have slowed down, and disappeared in most cases. Of course all this needs further verifications, but we may have found the cure for a so far incurable disease.