Myelocortical multiple sclerosis: has a novel subtype been identified?

Written by Sharon Salt, Editor

Photo credit: Tom Deerinck and Mark Ellisman, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR)

A team of researchers from Cleveland Clinic (OH, USA) have discovered a new subtype of multiple sclerosis (MS), termed myelocortical MS (MCMS). The researchers believe that their findings provide a better understanding of the individualized nature of the disease. MS has long been characterized as a disease of the brain’s white matter, where immune cells destroy myelin. This demyelination was believed to be responsible for neuronal death, which leads to irreversible disability in individuals with MS. However, for the first time, a team of researchers have identified a subtype of the disease (MCMS), which features neuronal loss but no demyelination...

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