Study Title
Vitamin D and disease activity in multiple sclerosis before and during interferon-
American Academy of Neurology

Kristin I. Løken-Amsrud, Trygve Holmøy, Søren J. Bakke


Objective: Studies based on deseasonalized vitamin D levels suggest that vitamin D may influence the disease activity in multiple sclerosis (MS), and high doses are suggested as add-on treatment to interferon- (IFN- ). Seasonal fluctuation of vitamin D varies between individuals, thus the relationship to disease activity should preferentially be studied by repeated and simultaneous vitamin D and MRI measurements from each patient.
Methods: This was a cohort study comprising 88 patients with relapsing-remitting MS who were followed for 6 months with 7 MRI and 4 25-hydroxyvitamin D measurements before initiation of IFN- , and for 18 months with 5 MRI and 5 25-hydroxyvitamin D measurements during IFN-
Results: Prior to IFN- treatment, each 10 nmol/L increase in 25-hydroxyvitamin D was associated with 12.7% (p 0.037) reduced odds for new T1 gadolinium-enhancing lesions, 11.7% (p 0.044) for new T2 lesions, and 14.1% (p 0.024) for combined unique activity. Patients with themost pronounced fluctuation in 25-hydroxyvitamin D displayed larger proportion of MRI scans with new T1 gadolinium-enhancing lesions (51% vs 23%, p 0.004), combined unique activity(60% vs 32%,p 0.003), and a trend for new T2 lesions (49% vs 28%,p 0.052) at the lowest compared to the highest 25-hydroxyvitamin D level. No association between 25-hydroxyvitamin D and disease activity was detected after initiation of IFN- . HLA-DRB1*15 status did not affect the results.
Conclusion: In untreated patients with MS, increasing levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D are inversely associated with radiologic disease activity irrespective of their HLA-DRB1*15 status.

June 13, 2012
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