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Protein Combination Could Predict Multiple Sclerosis Severity and Progression

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Tracking the difference in behavior of immune system cells in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) might help doctors predict the severity of MS symptoms. Currently, an MS diagnosis only identifies that the person has the condition, and that there is a potential for it to worsen over time. There is no known method of accurately determining how severe of an impact MS will have on an individual.

Researchers from Linkoping University in Sweden have looked at the differences in immune system cells from healthy patients and patients with MS as a method of assessing disease severity. Looking at blood samples in healthy patients and MS patients, the researchers found important proteins that tests can use as a biomarker in disease progression assessment.

Biomarkers are becoming important methods of disease identification and progression predictions for many different conditions. The MS biomarker is a grouping of four proteins measured in cerebrospinal fluid.

Researchers can use the results of the biomarker assessment to predict the level of MS severity a patient could experience within two years. Furthermore, researchers can use the biomarker to predict how useful a common MS drug would be to the individual patient.

With this research, published in Cell Reports, doctors hope to develop new tests and screening methods to select better, more personalized treatment options.

Severe Multiple Sclerosis Can Qualify You for Disability Benefits

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive nervous system disease that over time can cause paralysis and vision loss. Many people can live with MS, but others will lose their ability to function at work and eventually with self-care. If you are unable to work due to MS symptoms, you might be entitled to Social Security disability benefits.

Contact the Disability Help Group at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with a disability advocate.

We help disabled individuals and their families determine their eligibility — and help them apply — for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits.