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Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis


Other Names for this Disease
  • SSPE
  • Dawson disease
  • Dawson Encephalitis
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Treatment

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How might subacute sclerosing panencephalitis be treated?

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE). Treatment is supportive and primarily based on the signs and symptoms present in each person. For example, anticonvulsant and antispasmodic drugs may be given, as needed, to address some of the motor disturbances associated with the condition.[1][2]

Recent studies have shown that certain medications (called antiviral and immunomodulatory drugs) may slow the progression of the condition when given alone or in combination. Although these drugs can prolong life, the best treatment regimen and their long-term effects in people with SSPE are currently unknown.[1][2]
Last updated: 4/20/2016

References
  1. Häusler M, Aksoy A, Alber M, Altunbasak S, Angay A, Arsene OT, Craiu D, Hartmann H, Hiz-Kurul S, Ichiyama T, Iliescu C, Jocic-Jakubi B, Korinthenberg R, Köse G, Lukban MB, Ozkan M, Patcheva I, Teichler J, Vintan M, Yaramis A, Yarar C, Yis U, Yuksel D, Anlar B. A Multinational Survey on Actual Diagnostics and Treatment of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis. Neuropediatrics. December 2015; 46(6):377-384.
  2. NINDS Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. February 2016; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/subacute_panencephalitis/subacute_panencephalitis.htm.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • SSPE
  • Dawson disease
  • Dawson Encephalitis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.