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A new era in the treatment of multiple sclerosis

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Broadley, SA and Barnett, MH and Boggild, M and Brew, BJ and Butzkueven, H and Heard, R and Hodgkinson, S and Kermode, AG and Lechner-Scott, J and Macdonell, RAL and Marriott, M and Mason, DF and Parratt, J and Reddel, SW and Shaw, CP and Slee, M and Spies, JM and Taylor, BV and Carroll, WM and Kilpatrick, TJ and King, J and McCombe, PA and Pollard, JD and Willoughby, E, A new era in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, Medical Journal of Australia, 203, (3) pp. 139-141. ISSN 0025-729X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5694/mja14.01218

Abstract

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system with a multifactorial aetiology and highly variable natural history.
  • A growing understanding of the immunopathogenesis of the condition has led to an expanding array of therapies for this previously untreatable disease.
  • While a cure for MS remains elusive, the potential to reduce inflammatory disease activity by preventing relapses and minimising disease progression is achievable.
  • The importance of early treatment in minimising long-term disability is increasingly recognised.
  • Most of the newer, more effective therapies are associated with risks and practical problems that necessitate an active management strategy and continuous vigilance.
  • While the initiation of these therapies is likely to remain the responsibility of neurologists, other specialist physicians and general practitioners will be involved in the identification and management of adverse effects.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Central Nervous System
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Nervous System and Disorders
Author:Taylor, BV (Professor Bruce Taylor)
ID Code:102405
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-08-19
Last Modified:2018-02-09
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