Keeping up with cutting-edge science and research in relation to autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders can be overwhelming and exhausting – there are so many different researchers doing great work and publishing in a variety of journals; it is a lot to keep up with. However, one of our newest guest bloggers, Nicole Wallace, has a gift for following the newest autism/biomedical news, breaking it down into understandable pieces and sharing it with us! Nicole writes below about CCSVI or “chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency” as it relates to children with ASD. Her last post about Stem Cell Treatment for Autism was also an interesting and detailed post worth reading. We’d love to hear if you’ve considered or utilized stem cell or CCSVI therapies for your child in the comments section below. Enjoy!
Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency & Autism
By Nicole Wallace
The hypothesis of vascular abnormalities in multiple sclerosis has been around for years but only recently has a doctor in Italy begun taking the research to a new level of actually testing and treating MS patients. Paulo Zamboni M.D., a vascular surgeon from Sardinia, Italy, coined the term "chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency" or CCSVI in MS patients. CCSVI is a narrowing of the jugular or vertebral veins that restricts the normal outflow of deoxygenated blood from the brain and spinal cord to the heart. CCSVI can result in iron deposits in the brain which can lead to autoimmunity.
To date the majority of the studies and information about CCSVI are linked to multiple sclerosis. But Dietrich Klinghardt M.D. PhD, and others have suggested that CCSVI is likely an issue in most children with autism as well.