Gut Bacteria in Children With MS May Cause Digestive Inflammation

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Researchers from universities across the United States and Canada joined to produce a study on the gut bacteria of children with multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, published in the European Journal of Neurology, looked at 18 children with relapsing-remitting MS and 17 healthy children. Using stool samples, the testing found children with and without the disease had the same types of gut bacteria, but not in the same concentrations.

The results show that children with MS have higher levels of inflammation-causing bacteria than anti-inflammatory bacteria. Identifying this difference in digestive bacteria makeup may be a clue to how MS develops. Researchers are now looking at this information in further studies to determine the role of gut bacteria in MS development, hoping to open doors to new treatments or even a cure.

This disease affects approximately 2.5 million people globally and around 10,000 people receive a diagnosis in the United States annually. While doctors usually diagnose patients between 15 and 50 years of age, they may diagnose at a younger age if the child exhibits severe symptoms.

Most people have relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, which has periods of flare-ups between periods with little to no symptoms. Many people are able to work during these periods, but as the disease worsens, they will find themselves facing blindness and paralysis.  

If You Have MS, You May Qualify for Disability Benefits

Multiple sclerosis is one of the many autoimmune diseases that may qualify you or your child for Social Security disability benefits. Contact Disability Help Group at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates.