What is the treatment for subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE)?

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Currently, there is no cure for subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE). Clinical trials of antiviral (isoprinosine and ribavirin) and immunomodulatory (interferon alpha) drugs have suggested that these therapies given alone or in combination halt the progression of the disease and can prolong life, but their long-term effects on individuals, and eventual outcome, are unknown. Good nursing care is the most important aspect of treatment for SSPE, along with anticonvulsant and antispasmodic drugs, when needed.

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

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