Ottawa researchers make breakthrough in treatment of rare disease

Scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute say they've made a breakthrough in the successful treatment of a rare and debilitating neurological disease.

The disease, known as stiff person syndrome leaves those who are afflicted unable to move their bodies normally. Patients experience stiffness of the muscles and painful muscle spasms, some are even left bedridden.

Doctors used a type of stem cell transplantation and high-doses of chemotherapy and antibodies to rid the women's bodies of diseased cells and they can now return to everyday activities.

The research was published today in the prestigious medical journal JAMA Neurology.

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