Canavan disease

Treatment

Is there a treatment for Canavan disease?

While there is no cure for Canavan disease, the treatment is supportive and aimed at making sure the child gets enough nutrition and stays hydrated. A feeding tube may help make sure a child gets enough food, water, and nutrition and help prevent food or water from getting in the lungs. It is also important to prevent sickness as much as possible and protect the airway. Physical therapy will help children move as best as they can and special education classes can help a child gain or maintain skills. If seizures develop, medication can be given to help treat them. Research is ongoing to find more effective treatment options and potentially a cure for Canavan disease.

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