Natalizumab treatment for multiple sclerosis: updates and considerations for safer treatment in JCV positive patients

Tratamento com Natalizumabe para esclerose múltipla: atualizações e considerações para um tratamento mais seguro em pacientes positivos para o VJC

Luiz Henrique da Silva Nali Lenira Moraes Maria Cristina Domingues Fink Dagoberto Callegaro Camila Malta Romano Augusto Cesar Penalva de Oliveira About the authors

Natalizumab is currently one of the best options for treatment of patients with Multiple Sclerosis who have failed traditional prior therapies. However, prolonged use, prior immunosuppressive therapy and anti-JCV antibody status have been associated with increased risk of developing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). The evaluation of these conditions has been used to estimate risks of PML in these patients, and distinct (sometimes extreme) approaches are used to avoid the PML onset. At this time, the biggest issue facing the use of Natalizumab is how to get a balance between the risks and the benefits of the treatment. Hence, strategies for monitor JCV-positive patients undergoing Natalizumab treatment are deeply necessary. To illustrate it, we monitored JCV/DNA in blood and urine of a patient receiving Natalizumab for 12 months. We also bring to discussion the effectiveness of the current methods used for risk evaluation, and the real implications of viral reactivation.

multiple sclerosis; Natalizumab; JCV; risk factors; progressive multifocal leucoencephalopaty; viruria


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