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What is the treatment for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)?

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The best way to treat progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is to fight whatever has made your immune system weak. You might take drugs that attack the virus that causes AIDS (HIV) or avoid drugs that affect your immune system. You also might need to avoid treatments like chemotherapy, which can put you at higher risk of infections.

Researchers are trying to find other drugs to fight the JC virus, but none has been approved for widespread use.

White matter killed by the virus doesn't grow back, so your symptoms may be permanent. Many people who have had PML live with the effects of nerve damage. These can be similar to the issues caused by a stroke and can include paralysis and memory loss.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy."

Fields, R.D. , November 2010. Science

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy."

Fields, R.D. , November 2010. Science

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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