What is CCSVI?

CCSVI (or chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency) is a term identified in 1998 by the Italian physician Doctor Paulo Zamboni to describe a condition where the blood flow in the veins leaving the central nervous system (CNS) is limited by the narrowing or thickening of the veins in the neck, chest and spine.

Researchers believe that to compensate for the reduced blood flow from the CNS the body uses different veins (called collateral vessels) to drain the blood from the CNS, back to the heart. It is thought that blood breaches the walls of these vessels, leaving iron deposits in the surrounding tissue.

Dr Zamboni, a phlebotomist, detected a link between CCSVI and Multiple Sclerosis, linking the presence of iron deposits in most MS sufferers’ brains with the deposits created by CCSVI. The presence of CCSVI is now considered to be an early indicator of Multiple Sclerosis.

CCSVI describes the obstruction of the veins leaving the CNS, causing increased flow through the collateral veins, resulting in deposits of iron being left in the surrounding tissue.

Diagnosing CCSVI

We use two diagnostic procedures – a Doppler ultrasound of the neck and brain to detect the presence of blood reflux, followed by a venography (dye injection) to assess blood flow and possible stenosis – to evaluate the best way to treat your CCSVI.

Treating CCSVI

Dr. Zamboni’s work suggests that treating patients for CCSVI can slow or reverse the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis. The treatment (coined “the Liberation Method”) is a simple procedure which unblocks restricted blood flow from the brain. Research shows that more than 80% of patients with a Relapsing –Remitting MS, over 90% of patients with secondary progressive MS, and 90% patients with the primary -progressive type of MS had CCSVI that could be treated using the Liberation Method. Here at Hospital Angeles Tijuana we are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting advancement in medicine and the treatment of diagnosed MS.

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22 Responses to What is CCSVI?

  1. Ilia K. Ferrand says:

    Hello, my name is Ilia, I’m 49 years old and 4 years ago I was diagnosed with MS. I have been tested for the MS for the past 10 years, because I had the symtoms, but my MRI, showed no leitions in my spine and my myelin was fine. They did find out that I had Spinal Stenosis, until 4 years, ago that I started having problems with fecal incontinence and bladder problems, as a fact I have a permanent catherer. I also, had visual and walking problems. I moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and get treated in the Cleveland Clinic, with good neurologist, Proctologist and Urologist. My question is do you offer treatment, for PRMS? and is your facility accept medical plans from the US, or does it have to be paid cash?

    • CCSVI Mexico says:

      Hi Ilia,

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. At Angeles hospital we do accept medical plans from the US as payment.

      I would advise you to speak to a case manager regarding specific treatment details for Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

      You can do this by calling us on 1-866-668-9263. Or you can fill in the contact form
      on the CCSVI website.

      All the best,

    • sandy lauria says:

      Hi Lilia,
      Please call me so I can go over the details with you! We can help you feel better in no time!
      Sandy Lauria RN,BSN,CLNC
      Senior Case Manager/RN Coordinator
      CCSVI Program
      Angeles Health International

  2. Rafael Lopez says:

    Hola. Mi esposa fue diagnosticada con EM hace 4 años. Se recupero de su primer recaida en 6 meses y de ahi todo volvio a la normalidada. Hace año y medio le redujeron la frecuencia del medicamento (interferon beta 1b de 8,000,000) a dos veces por semana y desde mayo tuvo otra recaida. Al parecer hubo otro progreso de la enfermedad.

    Buscando en internet una direccion del hospital angeles en Mexico DF di con esta pagina. Mis preguntas son: Esto también lo hacen en Angeles de DF? Cual es el costo? Es un tratamiento valido para las aseguradoras médicas o es experimental?

    Saludos y gracias de antemano.

    • CCSVI Mexico says:

      Hola y gracias por tu pregunta. Nuestro tratamiento CCSVI se lleva a cabo en Tijuana. Algunas compañías de seguro médico puede ayudarle con el tratamiento CCSVI, pero no todos lo hacen esto por lo que tendría que consultar con su provider.We seguro deseamos a usted ya su esposa todo lo mejor.

    • CCSVI Mexico says:

      Tratamientos CCSVI un costo de $ 9,000 USD.

  3. Clinton Bender says:

    I first went the mayo Clinic in 1982. No mri’s at that time. First definit diagnosis in 1994 at the Rocky Mountain MS hospital/clinic. i can’t walk so i get around with a scoter. I have trouble with constipation, I have to use a cathiter all the time.
    Will CCSVI work for me?

  4. Celi says:

    After having this procedure done do I still have to take the medication

    • CCSVI Mexico says:

      Dear Celi,

      Thank you for your question.

      You are advised to speak to a case manager regarding specific treatment details for our CCSVI program.

      You can do this by calling us on 1-866-668-9263. Or you can fill in the contact form
      on the CCSVI website.

      I hope that helps,

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