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Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
Other Names for this Disease
- Leukoencephalopathy, progressive multifocal
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myelin that covers and protects nerves in the white matter of the brain. It is caused by the JC virus (JCV). By age 10, most people have been infected with this virus, but it rarely causes symptoms unless the immune system becomes severely weakened. The disease occurs, rarely, in organ transplant patients; people undergoing chronic corticosteroid or immunosuppressive therapy; and individuals with cancer, such as Hodgkin’s disease, lymphoma, and sarcoidosis. PML is most common among individuals with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a neurological disorder that damages the
Last updated: 4/1/2011
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- Koralnik IJ. Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2010; http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Progressive%20Multifocal%20Leukoencephalopathy. Accessed 3/3/2011.
- NINDS Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2010; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/pml/pml.htm. Accessed 3/3/2011.
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