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“CCSVI theory is completely based on the work of one man in Italy.”

This is false. In fact, scientists have been documenting the relationship between the venous system and MS for over 100 years.  For a timeline of this early research, please see our History section.

More recently, since Dr. Paulo Zamboni and his team proposed the theory of CCSVI, a host of researchers and medical professionals have quickly begun examining various aspects of CCSVI. Presently, scientific interest in CCSVI is growing so rapidly that it is nearly impossible to accurately summarize. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Follow-up Research - Led by Dr. Robert Zivadinov, the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) in Buffalo, New York, is actively engaged in a study attempting to replicate Dr. Zamboni’s initial studies linking CCSVI with MS. Further, BNAC has initiated a follow-up study to test the efficacy of Dr. Zamboni’s CCSVI treatment.

  • CCSVI Diagnostics - Dr. E. Mark Haacke, a pioneer in state of the art imaging techniques, has been at the forefront in establishing early CCSVI diagnostic protocols, and in exploring the link between iron deposits in the brain and CCSVI/MS.

  • Professional Acknowledgement - After reviewing both the long history of research linking MS and the venous system, as well as the emerging data on CCSVI, the International Union of Phlebologists (IUP) voted in December, 2009, to include CCSVI as an officially recognized venous malformation in their Consensus Document and Guidelines.

  • CCSVI Conferences - Several conferences have been convened on CCSVI, including one in Bologna, Italy in 2009, and one in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2010. During these conferences, researchers presented findings on CCSVI Treatments, imaging, and theory. 

  • CCSVI Treatment - Various medical facilities in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States have begun CCSVI treatment.

  • Emerging Research - The April 2010 issue of International Angiology focused almost exclusively on CCSVI, presenting 13 new research articles.

  • American Academy of Neurology - The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting, held in Toronto, Canada in April of 2010 included one feature presentation and five “poster session” presentations on CCSVI.


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