Jejunal Viral Antigen in Multiple Sclerosis and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Statistical data is presented regarding the identification of viral antigen in the jejunum of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological disease, in particular amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (motor neuron disease). The viral antigens were identified using fluorescent antibody techniques previously described (1–3). Jejunal specimens were obtained by conventional passage of a small peroral tube with an attached capsule. The position of the capsule was identified radiographically to be in the proximal jejunum. In some instances, particularly in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), impairment of swallowing necessitated the use of a fiber-optic jejunoscope.
KeywordsMultiple Sclerosis Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Motor Neuron Disease Jejunal Mucosa Downstate Medical
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