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What causes multiple sclerosis?

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Doctors still don't understand what causes multiple sclerosis, but there are interesting data that suggest that genetics, a person's environment, and possibly even a virus may play a role.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What causes MS?"

Mayo Clinic: Multiple sclerosis: "Causes."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: "What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?"

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What causes MS?"

Mayo Clinic: Multiple sclerosis: "Causes."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: "What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?"

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

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