Blood Test For MS Progression Not Too Far Off

Blood Test For MS

Biomarker In Blood Can Help Physicians With Treatment of MS

I try and read as much information as possible in regards to Multiple Sclerosis but to be honest with you, it has become difficult to know if what is being printed is real or some futuristic hope that could possibly be true. There is just so much FAKE news out there; so it has become almost a necessity to make sure what source is printing the news and are they a reliable. Even if it has some source of Science or Medical Terminology in its name doesn’t mean you can take this information to the bank. So needless to say, if I read something that seemingly seems to be big or great news for the MS community more research is needed for my own confirmation.

In the past couple of weeks I have read about a possible blood test which will help physicians to identify progression of MS with 85-90% accuracy.  Macquarie University researchers in Australia have identified a biomarker present in the blood called Tryptophan, a chemical, which is involved in brain inflammation. The study going on with international scientists is determining the process of tryptophan to better able identify its involvement in many types of neurodegenerative diseases such as MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  Right now they have found abnormalities in the kynurenine pathway of tryptophan which can distinguish between milder forms of MS to the most progressive. This means the blood serum of the KP metabolites can be used as a disease biomarker. This will assist physicians to be able to tell how our disease is progressing and possibly if the medications that we are on are presently working. As of date, the MRI has been basically the only tool to help with this.

Researchers are now working with a company in Australia to develop a prognostic kit and could possibly be available within two years.  This information may also bring about a biomarker that can be individualized for each patient assisting with personalized treatment. This will mean that for many of us who have gone through that long trial and waiting period to see if the different medication that we have started will actually work will be eliminated. So progression of MS should be halted from the undesired wait time which is fantastic news!

The source of this information is from the Multiple Sclerosis New Today which I have found to reliable source of information; and feel comfortable sharing this information with you. Now I guess we will have to wait and see if the U.S. will allow this test to be used without much advanced wait time.

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