Chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids
Other Names for this Disease
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The signs and symptoms of CLIPPERS typically improve after treatment with steroids. Initial treatment may involve a short course of high dose steroids given intravenously, and then oral steroids. Many patients experience a relapse when steroids are tapered off, so it is usually necessary to continue treatment that suppresses the immune system. Long term treatment may include a low dose of oral steroids and another type of immune suppressant, such as methotrexate or rituximab. Because there have been very few patients with CLIPPERS reported in medical journals, the best course of treatment has not yet been determined.
Last updated: 4/11/2014
- Dudesek, Rimmele F, Tesar S, Kolbaske S, Rommer PS, Benecke R, Zettl UK. CLIPPERS: chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids. Review of an increasingly recognized entity within the spectrum of inflammatory central nervous system disorders. Clinical and Experimental Immunology. March 2014; 175(3):385-96. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24028073. Accessed 4/11/2014.
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