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Multiple Sclerosis Causes


What Causes MS?

Scientists have learned a great deal about MS in recent years; still, its cause remains elusive. Many investigators believe MS to be an autoimmune disease one in which the body, through its immune system, launches a defensive attack against its own tissues. In the case of MS, it is the nerve-insulating myelin that comes under assault. Such assaults may be linked to an unknown environmental trigger, perhaps a virus.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects woman more often than men. The disorder most commonly begins between ages twenty and forty, but can be seen at any age.

Other suggested causes include genetics or allergies.







References and Sources: Medline, Pubmed, National Institutes of Health.


last update: November 2005


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