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Fatal familial insomnia


Other Names for this Disease

  • Familial fatal insomnia
  • Insomnia familial fatal
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Treatment

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How might fatal familial insomnia be treated?

There is currently no cure for fatal familial insomnia or treatment that can slow the disease progression. Management is based on alleviating symptoms and making affected people as comfortable as possible.[1][2] A number of potential therapies are under current development, some of which have shown promising results in animal studies.[3]
Last updated: 12/16/2014

References
  1. James A Mastrianni. Genetic Prion Diseases. GeneReviews. January 2, 2014; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1229/.
  2. NINDS Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. May 2014; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tse/tse.htm.
  3. Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, FRCP(C), FACP, FRCP. Prion-related Diseases. Medscape Reference. October 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1168941-overview.


Management Guidelines

  • GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions. Click on the link to view the article on this topic.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Fatal familial insomnia. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Familial fatal insomnia
  • Insomnia familial fatal
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.