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Incurable diseases: The evils that still have no cure

Advances in medicine, especially in the last century, are unquestionable, but there are still unanswered questions for those diseases cataloged today as incurable. Diseases of which, in some cases, the actual causes of the diseases or the available treatments do not achieve the expected results for cure or eradication. In other cases, as we will see, these are quite common pathologies and for which it has a treatment that helps to live with the disease, already chronic, and to mitigate the symptoms and outbreaks as long as it remains incurable.

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Cystic fibrosis

A genetic illness and, for the time being, incurable, that affects multiple organs, especially the lungs, whose deterioration of lung tissue may need a transplant. Early detection and current treatments can reduce symptoms and effects that can be serious.


The dangerous Ebola virus, which causes hemorrhagic fever, has one of the highest mortality rates, accounting for 50-90% of cases according to medical data. The first recorded outbreak occurred in Central Africa in 1976, and since then there have been hundreds of cases and deaths in other parts of the African continent, including Europe.


The polio or poliomyelitis is a disease caused by a virus that affects the nervous system and whose main symptoms are fatigue, headache, fever, muscle aches, paralysis of limbs, chest or throat and spasms. It is a very contagious disease and it affects especially the youngest children. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), irreversible paralysis occurs in one of 200 cases. Eradicated in most countries of the world, except in some African and South Asian continent.

Cerebral amyloid angiopathy

The cause of cerebral amyloid angiopathy remains unknown, although it is known that age is a major risk factor.

Also called congophilic angiopathy, this neurological condition affects the blood vessels of the central nervous system. In particular, there is an accumulation of proteins called amyloid in the walls of the cerebral arteries, increasing the risks of dementia and stroke. Among the symptoms that may occur include headache, drowsiness, confusion, double vision, weakness or difficulty to speak.

Lupus erythematosus

Although there have been notable advances in its treatment, lupus remains an incurable disease. In short it is an autoimmune disorder by which the immune system attacks the body itself. There are several types of lupus, with systemic lupus erythematosus being the most common. It can affect any part of the body and manifests itself in the form of outbreaks.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy is one of the most severe degenerative diseases for which today there is no cure. It affects the nervous system and damages the brain. Among the most common symptoms of this disease are senile dementia (deterioration is very rapid), blurred vision, loss of coordination, hallucinations, spasms, behavioral changes, stiff muscles, difficulty speaking, drowsiness.