Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (cont.)
In this Article
- What is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)?
- What are the symptoms of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
- How is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease diagnosed?
- What causes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
- How is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease transmitted?
- What research is taking place with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
- How can I help research?
- Where can I get more information about Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
- How is the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease treated?
How is the Disease Treated?
There is no treatment that can cure or control CJD. Researchers have tested many drugs, including amantadine, steroids, interferon, acyclovir, antiviral agents, and antibiotics. Studies of a variety of other drugs are now in progress. However, so far none of these treatments has shown any consistent benefit in humans.
Current treatment for CJD is aimed at alleviating symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as possible. Opiate drugs can help relieve pain if it occurs, and the drugs clonazepam and sodium valproate may help relieve myoclonus. During later stages of the disease, changing the person's position frequently can keep him or her comfortable and helps prevent bedsores. A catheter can be used to drain urine if the patient cannot control bladder function, and intravenous fluids and artificial feeding also may be used.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
Last Editorial Review: 5/16/2012
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