Could there be a link between MS and Cat Scratch Fever?

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That is good news, MS is such a tenacious disease. Any thing that can stop or delay the development of symptoms is so important. I hope your bother continues to do well.
 
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John doesn't know for sure if he has been "cured" or not from his MS, but he will tell you that he is sure that there is some kind of link between Bartonella and nervous system diseases yet undiscovered.
There's a growing body of literature regarding various neuropathies associated with Bartonella infection. The neuropathies caused by bartonella recover following antibiotic treatment of the infection.

MS does not get better with antibiotic treatment. If it did, hardly anyone would have MS. One of the common treatments of MS involves immunosuppressants, which leave the patients vulnerable to infections of many kinds, so they do end up taking antibiotics frequently.

Of course, you might therefore see higher incidents of things like bartonella infection among MS patients, not as a causative factor, but because of the immunosupression that makes them more susceptible to the infection. And, if bartonella also has neurological symptoms, it seems reasonable that in someone previously diagnosed with MS that one could mistake the symptoms as progression of MS and an increase in severity of that condition rather than a secondary infection.

MS is also a slowly progressive disease, while neurological symptoms associated with an infection like bartonella seem to be very rapid onset.

Here's just one case report of a neuropathy of the facial nerve associated with bartonella infection.
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/101/5/e13

It's certainly not the typical presentation of bartonella infection, but there seem to be enough case reports to suggest it is an atypical presentation.
 

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