Clinical outcomes of natalizumab-associated progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy.

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Summary of "Clinical outcomes of natalizumab-associated progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy."

Natalizumab, a therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS), has been associated with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare opportunistic infection of the CNS associated with the JC virus. We assessed clinical outcomes and identified variables associated with survival in 35 patients with natalizumab-associated PML.

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Biogen Idec, Inc., 14 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 sandra.richman@biogenidec.com.

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This article was published in the following journal.

Name: Neurology
ISSN: 1526-632X
Pages: 1697-704

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Diseases of viral origin, characterized by incubation periods of months to years, insidious onset of clinical manifestations, and protracted clinical course. Though the disease process is protracted, viral multiplication may not be unusually slow. Conventional viruses produce slow virus diseases such as SUBACUTE SCLEROSING PANENCEPHALITIS, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (LEUKOENCEPHALOPATHY, PROGRESSIVE MULTIFOCAL), and AIDS. Diseases produced by unconventional agents were originally considered part of this group. They are now called PRION DISEASES.

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