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Although oligoclonal banding is a characteristic feature of MS spinal fluid, some patients do not show this abnormality. Four of 18 consecutive patients with autopsy-proven MS had no oligoclonal bands (OB) in CSF during life or at postmortem. Patients with OB had numerous plasma cells in meninges and plaques (confirmed in sections stained for cytoplasmic immunoglobulin). The four patients without bands had few or no identifiable plasma cells. Therefore, lack of OB correlates with both inactivity of plaques and absence of plasma cells in plaques or meninges. This is another form of heterogeneity in MS.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Neurology

Publication Date

02/1985

Volume

35

Pages

212 - 218

Keywords

Adult, Aged, Brain, Female, Humans, Immunoglobulins, Male, Middle Aged, Multiple Sclerosis, Plasma Cells, Spinal Cord