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Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Amyloidosis cerebral with spongiform encephalopathy
  • Cerebellar ataxia, progressive dementia, and amyloid deposits in the central nervous system
  • Encephalopathy subacute spongiform Gerstmann-Straussler type
  • Gerstmann Straussler Scheinker syndrome
  • GSSD
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How might Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease be treated?

There is no cure for Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease, nor are there any known treatments to slow its progression. Current therapies are aimed at alleviating symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as possible.[1]
Last updated: 7/22/2013

  1. NINDS Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). February 13, 2007; Accessed 3/21/2008.

Management Guidelines

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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

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