Cerebrospinal fluid oligoclonal bands and progression of disability in multiple sclerosis
The identification of oligoclonal bands in my spinal fluid was the final nail in the diagnosis coffin, so that word stuck in my head. Also, it's fun to try to pronounce!
The article reports that "There were no differences in presence or number of CSF OCB between patients with stable relapsing-remitting MS and patients developing secondary progression during follow-up. The presence or number of CSF OCB does not seem to influence early disease progression in MS..."
What that means is that there is no correlation between the amount of gunk in spinal fluid and disability. Now you know...
For the record, here is the source:
Authors: Koch, M.; Heersema, D.; Mostert, J.; Teelken, A.; Keyser, J. De
Source: European Journal of Neurology, Volume 14, Number 7, July 2007 , pp. 797-800(4)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing