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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2001 Mar;59(1):89-91.

[Multiple sclerosis: clinical and laboratorial correlation].

[Article in French]

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Projeto Atlântico-Sul, Laboratório Especializado de LCR (Neurolife), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.


The clinical and demographic characteristics of 86 Brazilian patients with clinically definite multiple sclerosis (MS) were compared to the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) findings. The disease course was relapsing-remitting in 71% and chronic progressive in 29% of the cases. The IgG index was increased in 76% in the chronic progressive status and 46% and 49% during the bout and remission, respectively (p < 0.005). Only 36% of the MS patients using corticosteroids had increased IgG index, in comparison to the 64% of the patients without immunosupressive treatment. Oligoclonal IgG bands were detected in the CSF of 77% and 88% of the MS corticosteroids users and non-users, respectively. The quantitative study of intrathecal synthesis of IgG contributes to demonstrate the immunological differences between the two forms of MS, the relapsing-remitting and the chronic progressive. The treatment with corticosteroids decreases quantitatively the intrathecal synthesis of IgG but not the presence of oligoclonal bands.

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