Treatments for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease


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Treatment list for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Treatment of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to treatment of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease:

Treatments of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease discussion: There is no treatment that can cure or control CJD. Researchers have tested many drugs, including amantidine, steroids, interferon, acyclovir, antiviral agents, and antibiotics. However, none of these treatments has shown any consistent benefit.

Current treatment for CJD is aimed at alleviating symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as possible. Opiate drugs can help relieve pain if it occurs, and the drugs clonazepam and sodium valproate may help relieve myoclonus. During later stages of the disease, changing the person's position frequently can keep him or her comfortable and helps prevent bedsores. A catheter can be used to drain urine if the patient cannot control bladder function, and intravenous fluids and artificial feeding also may be used. 1

There is no treatment that can cure or control CJD. Current treatment is aimed at alleviating symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as possible. Opiate drugs can help relieve pain, and the drugs clonazepam and sodium valproate may help relieve involuntary muscle jerks. 2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Fact Sheet: NINDS
2. excerpt from NINDS Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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