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Dr. John Pugh

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Child Neurologist

Dr. Pugh is an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at Albany Medical College.

Biography

Dr. Pugh joined Albany Medical Center in 2012. He treats children for various conditions, including seizure disorders, movement disorders, headaches, and developmental delays.

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Niemann-Pick Type C

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Symptoms

NPC hampered JP's ability to walk, speak and swallow.

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Cyclodextrin

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Early Intervention

Treating Niemann-Pick Type C early is especially important due to its chronic, degenerative nature.

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Results

JP takes monthly fine motor skills tests. Though he hasn't shown much improvement on these assessments since starting cyclodextrin, he has shown no signs of deterioration.

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Intrathecal (IT) Cyclodextrin

Intrathecal treatment has advantages compared to intravenous treatment because it gets the cyclodextrin closer to its target, which increases the drug's effectiveness and lessens the chance of side effects.

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On Cyclodextrin

Pursuing

Dr. Shur tapped Dr. Pugh, a neurologist, for a team of doctors focused on pursuing a cyclodextrin treatment for JP.

Recommending

Cyclodextrin, though still in a trial phase, is worth having a conversation about with your doctor.