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Inflammatory Skin Condition Linked to MS in Women

March 24, 2016

An inflammatory skin condition that affects mostly fair-skinned individuals is now being associated with MS in Women. Rosacea has in the past been linked worth type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.

After further research studies have shown that genetic risk factors for a number of autoimmune diseases tend to cluster, and another GWAS found as many as 90 shared genetic regions linked to rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes.

The research team identified all patients diagnosed with rosacea in Denmark between 1997 and 2011. The team then matched each patient with five controls of the same age, sex, and calendar time. In total, the study encompasses 6,759 rosacea patients and 33,795 controls.

Within this group, researchers then identified all individuals with an MS diagnosis, and found that patients with rosacea had a 1.5-fold increased risk of MS compared to those without rosacea. Furthermore, when scientists divided the sample by sex, they noted that the association was only valid in women.

While this study made observations of diagnoses in the general population, the doctors could not prove that the conditions intertwine. This is crucial missing piece, as no skin condition has been linked to MS until this point.