Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. Typically, onset of symptoms occurs at about age 60.. There are three major categories of CJD: sporadic CJD, hereditary CJD, and acquired CJD. There is currently no single diagnostic test for CJD. The first concern is to rule out treatable forms of dementia such as encephalitis or chronic meningitis. The only way to confirm a diagnosis of CJD is by brain biopsy or autopsy. In a brain biopsy, a neurosurgeon removes a small piece of tissue from the patient's brain so that is can be examined by a neurologist. Because a correct diagnosis of CJD does not help the patient, a brain biopsy is discouraged unless it is need to rule out a treatable disorder. While CJD can be transmitted to other people, the risk of this happening is extremely small.

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Creutzfeldt-jakob Disease Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... A number of subtypes of CJD exist, many with slight variations in signs and symptoms. Yet the various forms of the disease are far more alike than they are different, and everyone affected by CJD must...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Both classic and variant CJD belong to a broad group of human and animal diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). The name derives from the spongy holes, visible under a mic...
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Creutzfeldt-jakob Disease Prevention

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Prevention
... Most countries have adopted measures to prevent BSE-infected tissue from entering the food supply. Great Britain and the European Union have some of the most stringent guidelines, including a ban on a...
Source: MayoClinic

Creutzfeldt-jakob Disease Treatment

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Complications
... What makes CJD and vCJD particularly devastating is that both diseases destroy personalities as well as bodies. Physical complications include infection, heart failure and respiratory failure — ...
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Treatment
... No effective treatment exists for either CJD or vCJD. A number of drugs have been tested — including steroids, antibiotics and antiviral agents — with disappointing results. For that reaso...
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Creutzfeldt-jakob Disease Other

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
... What is Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease? Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. It affects about one person in every one million people per year worldwide;...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Overview
... Before the mad cow disease epidemic in the mid-1990s, few people had heard of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). That''s because this invariably fatal, degenerative brain disorder has always been consid...
Source: MayoClinic

   

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