How is progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) treated?

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Currently, the best available therapy for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is the reversal of the immune-deficient state. This can sometimes be accomplished by plasma exchange (a blood purification procedure) to aid the removal of the therapeutic agents putting the person at risk for PML. In the case of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated PML, immediately beginning antiretroviral therapy will benefit most individuals.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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