Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease:

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, abnormal form of a protein found in mammals, now generally believed to cause a group of diseases known as prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, which are rare progressive degenerative neurological disorders.
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Research into CJD and brain tumours is vital to find a cure for both of these devastating conditions which affect two much-loved and very special ladies."
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CJD is a rare, rapidly progressive, fatal form of dementia.
The classic triad of CJD is rapidly progressive dementia, myoclonus, and ataxia.
"It is well known that CJD is transmissible via surgical or medical procedures involving prion-infected brain tissue," said lead author Wenquan Zou, associate professor of pathology and neurology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.
Although specific CJD treatments are not available, prospects for their development and effectiveness could be enhanced by early and accurate diagnoses.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is a prion disease resulting in progressive brain damage that leads to a rapidly progressive dementia and associated neurological features.
He said: "It is very distressing for people who have had surgery at Beaumont Hospital to learn that, for some, there is a danger of potential CJD infection.
Variant CJD (vCJD) has been confirmed as being caused by the same prion strain as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) found in cattle.
The investigators described their study as the first large-scale examination "of pathologically proven cases of spontaneous CJD that retrospectively determines what misdiagnoses are made in the work-up of [the disease], who makes these misdiagnoses, and how long it takes to reach the correct diagnosis."
The risk of CJD increases with age, and in people over 50, according to the CDC.