Unfortunately, there is no cure for Krabbe disease. However, preliminary studies suggest hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (i.e. umbilical cord blood stem cells) may be an effective treatment in affected babies who have not yet developed symptoms and in older people with mild symptoms. For example, there is evidence that this treatment may delay disease progression and improve survival and quality of life. Although both short-term and long-term benefits have been reported, the data comes primarily from small clinical trials; thus, additional research is needed to more clearly define the outcomes of this treatment.
When a diagnosis is made after a person has already developed symptoms, treatment is focused on the symptoms present and may include various medications, adaptive equipment and therapies - including physical, respiratory, occupational, and speech.
The advocacy organization, Hunter's Hope, offers a family resource guide that includes information on the supportive treatment of Krabbe disease as well as tips for caring for an affected child. Please click on the link to access this resource.
Last updated: 7/6/2015
Where can I find information on research for Krabbe disease?
The advocacy organization, Hunter's Hope, has a Web page focused on research for Krabbe disease, including information on a clinical trial for newly diagnosed Krabbe patients. Please click on the links above to access these resources.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through the National Library of Medicine, developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members, and members of the public with current information on clinical research studies. There are several clinical trials that are currently enrolling individuals with Krabbe disease. To find these trials, click on the link above. After you click on a study, review its "eligibility" criteria to determine its appropriateness. Use the study’s contact information to learn more. Check this site often for regular updates.
You can also contact the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison (PRPL) Office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We recommend calling 1-800-411-1222 to speak with a specialist, who can help you determine if you are eligible for any clinical trials. If you are located outside the United States, and would like to be contacted via telephone, you will need to contact PRPL and provide your telephone number in full, including area code and international dialing prefix.