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Diagnosis:

CCSVI is generally diagnosed using Doppler Ultrasound of the neck veins to detect blood flow abnormalities. An ultrasound to detect CCSVI requires specialist training, and currently only a few Australian sonographers have been able to master it:

• Dr Julie Gregg, (temporarily unavailable due to relocation), VIC

• Ms Jayne Chambers, Specialist Vein Care,VIC

• Mr Warren Lewis, Vascular One, NSW

An ultrasound of the neck veins is subsidised by Medicare with a GP or specialist referral. It should be noted that Mr Warren only performs an ultrasound for CCSVI with a referral from phlebologist, Dr Paul Thibault, at Central Vein and Cosmetic Medical Centre.

 

Treatment:

In Australia, there are currently two methods used to treat abnormalities in blood flow associated with CCSVI:

balloon angioplasty – to correct vascular obstructions

• Combined Antibiotic Protocol (CAP) – to treat chronic Chlamydophila Pneumoniae in MS

Balloon angioplasty can be performed by an Interventional Radiologist (IR). The following Australian Interventional Radiologist is experienced treating CCSVI:

• Dr Manfred Spanger, The Valley Private Hospital, VIC, spanger@bigpond.net.au (email Dr Spanger with your name, phone number, date of birth, medical history and symptoms)

Dr Thibault is a phlebologist (vein expert) who specialises in CCSVI, and has a particular interest in a possible infective cause:

• Dr Paul Thibault, Central Vein and Cosmetic Medical Centre, NSW

 


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