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Shaun D. Carstairs shaunc at alumnae.caltech.edu
Thu Feb 1 18:40:12 EST 1996

laserslice at aol.com (LASERSLICE) writes:

>I am seeking any info out there concerning possible treatment modalities
>for the slow virus encephalopath Creutzfeldt-Jakob. Any antiviral regimens
>(amantidine HCl etc.) or experimental protocols would be appreciated.

Unfortunately, there is presently no successful treatment for CJD.  Because
it is caused by a prion (an altered form of a normal body protein), it is
not susceptible to antiviral drugs, and no form of chemotherapy (antiviral
or otherwise) has been found to be effective.

Ninety percent of patients progress to death within one year, but others
stabilize at a plateau of low neurological function for a protracted period.

Shaun D. Carstairs
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
shaunc at alumni.caltech.edu
s98carstairs at usuhsb.usuhs.mil

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