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Multiple Sclerosis International
Volume 2011, Article ID 219049, 8 pages
Review Article

Repeated Intrathecal Triamcinolone Acetonide Administration in Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: A Review

Department of Neurology, University of Rostock, Gehlsheimer Straße 20, 18147 Rostock, Germany

Received 1 December 2010; Revised 9 March 2011; Accepted 27 April 2011

Academic Editor: Ichiro Nakashima

Copyright © 2011 Mazen Abu-Mugheisib et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


At the present time, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, or immunosuppressive treatments of multiple sclerosis (MS) are mainly effective in the early phases of the disease but are of less advantage in progressive phases. Current therapeutic strategies of both primary and secondary progressive MS are rare. One alternative may be intrathecal application of triamcinolone acetonide (TCA). Number of papers deal with advantages and disadvantages of intrathecal administration in MS. Former trials lacked detailed selection of MS patients, with small sample sizes, low steroid dosages, and only a small number of intrathecal administration of short acting steroids. The present paper summarizes recent trials performed following a different treatment regime. They were conducted in patients with progressive MS suffering mainly from spinal symptoms and documented a significant improvement of EDSS and walking distance (WD). Intrathecal TCA administration is a proposal to take into account as one therapy option in patients with a progressive clinical course and predominantly spinal symptoms.