Canavan disease


Are there other organ specific treatments/symptom specific treatments for Canavan disease?

Supportive therapies can be used to treat specific symptoms of Canavan disease. Children may benefit from physical therapy to maintain their muscles and special education classes and speech therapy to help with their language and communication. If the child has seizures, they may be treated with anti-seizure medications. Medications can also be used to treat muscle stiffness. A feeding tube (G-tube) may be needed to help the child get enough food and liquids if they have problems with eating or swallowing.

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