Concussion May Increase Multiple Sclerosis Risk

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Concussion May Increase Multiple Sclerosis Risk
Concussion May Increase Multiple Sclerosis Risk

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Concussion during adolescence increases the risk of subsequent multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in the Annals of Neurology.

Scott Montgomery, Ph.D., from Örebro University in Sweden, and colleagues used data from the national Swedish Patient (hospital diagnoses) and Multiple Sclerosis registers to identify 7,292 MS diagnoses through the year 2012 among people born since 1964. Controls (80,212) were matched by sex, year of birth, age/vital status at MS diagnosis, and region of residence.

The researchers found that concussion in adolescence was associated with an elevated risk of MS (adjusted odds ratio for one concussion, 1.22 [P = 0.008]; adjusted odds ratio for more than one concussion, 2.33 [P = 0.002]), compared with no concussions. There was no association seen between MS and concussion in childhood, or broken limb bones in childhood and adolescence.

"Head trauma in adolescence, particularly if repeated, is associated with a raised risk of future MS, possibly due to initiation of an autoimmune process in the central nervous system," the authors write.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures Down With ACA Implementation

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures Down With ACA Implementation

Reduced out-of-pocket costs seen especially for lower-income groups; mean premium costs up overall

Gynecologic Complications Up With Hysteroscopic Sterilization

Gynecologic Complications Up With Hysteroscopic Sterilization

But lower risk of surgical and medical complications versus laparoscopic sterilization

Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking 15.5 Percent in 2016

Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking 15.5 Percent in 2016

Increase in percentage of ever smokers who quit during 2005 to 2016, from 50.8 to 59 percent

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »