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HDIT/HCT Can Help MS Patients Substantially

Dr. Shiva GopalVasishta is a medical doctor who practices Neurology and also practices Psychiatry. Dr. Shiva works in Voorhees, New Jersey. He graduated in 1979 from the Government Medical College. He has been practicing medicine for 40 years. It was at Boston City Hospital where Dr. Shiva completed his residency and now he currently is practicing at Eastern Neurodiagnostic Associates. In addition to speaking English, Dr. Shiva also speaks Spanish.It has been found that when a high dose of immunosuppressive therapy is followed by a transplant of the patient’s blood-forming stem cells, this is able to induce a sustained remission of multiple sclerosis, better known as MS. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system will actually attack the body’s central nervous system. It can cause extreme pain in the patient.You can also follow him on twitter :

This new treatment is called high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant, or HDIT/HCT. It was found that after five years of having this treatment, 69% of patients were able to survive without having a progression of the disease or a relapse of symptoms that multiple sclerosis causes. After receiving the treatment, patients did not take any other MS medications.This treatment trial was sponsored by NIAID, or the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It was found that just one treatment with HDIT/HCT is even more effective than MS treatment that is done long-term with even the best available medications that are currently available. It helps the wide range of symptoms such as motor and speech difficulties, chronic pain and fatigue and weakness. The disease will end up worsening over the years and can eventually become a progressive form. The high success of the HDIT/HCT treatment is very reassuring and comforting for patients with MS who have been suffering through for years.