The results from a new clinical trial have proven extremely beneficial in the world of medicine. It has provided news that a high-dosage of immunosuppressive therapy that is followed by a transplant of a person’s very own stem cells can create a remission of MS- multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that targets the central nervous system. The results showed that five years after treatment, about sixty-nine percent of the clinical trial participants, survived. These participants survived without experiencing any relapse of multiple sclerosis symptoms or disability progression. The clinical trial volunteers didn’t take medications for multiple sclerosis.
The clinical trial was sponsored by the NIAID, which is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 2014, the researchers of this clinic trial published their results. Currently, their results for five years is online in a medical journal, called Neurology. The symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary. These symptoms can include difficulty is speech, fatigue, weakness and pain. The form of multiple sclerosis that is most common is called, relapsing-remitting. Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis is characterized as periods of mild to no symptoms with periods of relapses or flare-ups. This form can worsen over time.
The clinical trial consisted of 24 participants that range in age from 26 to 52. These volunteers had relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. The treatment that was given to these individuals aimed to suppress the disease, while preventing ongoing disability. The treatment removed cells that caused the disease and reset the immune system. The treatment consisted of doctors collecting stem cells from the participant and giving them a high dosage of chemotherapy, which is used to deplete the immune system. Then they insert the participant’s stem cells, which is used to rebuild their immune system.
Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta is a New Jersey neurologist that is affiliated with Kennedy University Hospital. Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta has 40 years of experience in neurology. In 1979, the neurologist completed his studies at Government Medical College. Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta was resident at Boston City Hospital.
In addition to specializing in neurology, Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta also specializes in psychiatry. His practice is located in Voorhies, NJ. The neurologist is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds his NJ State Medical License. Lastly, he is a practicing member of the Eastern Neurodiagnostic Association.