Uhthoff`s phenomenon 125 years later - what do we know today?

Abstract

125 years have passed since Wilhelm Uhthoff reported the symptoms he observed after an increased body temperature from physical exertion. Those symptoms, which might have led to the transient impairment of vision in patients with Multiple Sclerosis and also observed in optic neuritis, were later named after him "Uhthoff's phenomenon". This has defined the strategy of rehabilitation procedures in Multiple Sclerosis for more than 100 years, restricting the use of thermal treatments and the possibility of aerobic exercises. The current state of knowledge concerning the Uhthoff's phenomenon and its influence on comprehensive rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis were presented in the current review report.

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