Gavin Giovannoni: The importance of treating multiple sclerosis early and effectively

Early intervention and effective treatments are vital in reducing disease activity and preventing disability in the future.

“One of the things we are beginning to realize now, using some of the modern imaging techniques, is that the disease, before it becomes progressive, is active. The reason why we don't present with progressive illness early on is because the brain is very effective at compensating for damage; then once we reach a certain threshold and our compensatory mechanisms fail, that's when the disease becomes progressive. To prevent or delay progressive disease we've got to treat very early – more of a preventative strategy. So, how do we use our treatment strategies as a preventative strategy? That's why we’ve got to treat early and effectively to prevent – and this is the important word – to prevent disability in the future.”

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