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A GRAPHIC Representation of Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI)

Posted Mar 20 2011 12:00am

What is Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI)?
CCSVI Animation (Copyrighted material posted with consent from CCSVI Alliance)
Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency is described as a chronic  problem (ongoing) where blood from the brain and spine has trouble getting back to the heart.It is caused by a narrowing in the veins (stenosis) that drain the brain and the spine. Blood takes longer to return to the heart, and it can reflux back into the brain and spine or cause oedema and leakage of red blood cells and fluids into the tissues of the brain and spine.Blood that remains in the brain too long creates a delay in deoxyginated blood leaving the head ("slowed perfusion"). This can cause hypoxia, a lack of oxygen in the brain. Plasma and iron from blood deposited in the brain tissue can also be very damaging leading to iron along with other unwelcome cells crossing the crucial brain-blood barrier.information source: MSRC-UK



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