Research Article

Measles-virus-specific IgG in optic neuritis and in multiple sclerosis after optic neuritis.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 10 January 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:64

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  1. W M Hutchinson,
  2. M Haire


    Measles-virus-specific IgG was measured in the serum of 100 patients who had presented with optic neuritis (ON) during 1960-74. When reviewed 41 of them were found to have developed definite symptoms and signs of multiple sclerosis (MS), their serum containing significantly higher titres of the antibody than sera from either the rest of the patients or a group of normal healthy controls. In a few patients from whom cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was obtained in the acute phase of ON, titres of measles IgG in the serum was higher in those in whom the antibody was detected in the CSF than the serum of patients without CSF antibody.