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Dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy

Other Names for this Disease
  • Ataxia, chorea, seizures, and dementia
  • Dentatorubropallidoluysian atrophy
  • Haw River syndrome
  • Myoclonic epilepsy with choreoathetosis
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How might dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA) be treated?

There is no cure for DRPLA; treatment is generally symptomatic and supportive.[1] Management of signs and symptoms may include:[2] 

  • Treatment of seizures with anti-epileptic drugs
  • Treatment of psychiatric problems with appropriate psychotropic medications
  • Adaptation of environment and care to the level of dementia
  • Adaptation of educational programs for affected children.
Last updated: 9/5/2012

  1. Brice A. Dentatorubral pallidoluysian atrophy. Orphanet. 2004; Accessed 5/10/2010.
  2. Shoji Tsuji. DRPLA. GeneReviews. June 1, 2010; Accessed 9/5/2012.

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