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Med Hypotheses. 1988 Feb;25(2):93-7.

Multiple sclerosis etiology--an Epstein-Barr virus hypothesis.

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New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island 10314.

Abstract

The opinion has been expressed frequently in the literature that MS is caused by a combination of an environmental agent and genetic factors, possibly with an autoimmune component. However, the specific environmental agent has not as yet been identified. This paper describes cumulative circumstantial evidence which strongly points to a post-pubertal primary Epstein-Barr virus infection as this unidentified etiological event in the induction of MS disease.

PMID:
2833683
DOI:
10.1016/0306-9877(88)90024-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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