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Is multiple sclerosis an autoimmune disease?

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Multiple sclerosis is probably an autoimmune disease. Like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, the body creates antibodies against itself, causing damage. In MS, the damage occurs in the covering, or myelin, of nerves.

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Miller, D. , 2007. Lancet Neurology

Goetz, C. 3rd edition, Saunders, 2007. Textbook of Clinical Neurology,

Rovaris, M. , 2006. Lancet Neurology

Tullma,n M. , 2004. Multiple Sclerosis

Acherio, A. , 2007. Annals of Neurology

Sadovnick, A. , 1993. Annals of Neurology

DeStefano, F. , 2003. Archives of Neurology

National MS Society: "Viruses."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Miller, D. , 2007. Lancet Neurology

Goetz, C. 3rd edition, Saunders, 2007. Textbook of Clinical Neurology,

Rovaris, M. , 2006. Lancet Neurology

Tullma,n M. , 2004. Multiple Sclerosis

Acherio, A. , 2007. Annals of Neurology

Sadovnick, A. , 1993. Annals of Neurology

DeStefano, F. , 2003. Archives of Neurology

National MS Society: "Viruses."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

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