Although this study targeted patients with CJD
, misdiagnosing CJD
in a patient who has a different etiology for their rapidly progressive dementia is just as harmful, because many of these other dementias are treatable.
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
Although specific CJD
treatments are not available, prospects for their development and effectiveness could be enhanced by early and accurate diagnoses.
National Library of Medicine, classic CJD
"occurs for no known reason.
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Jorg Hoffman, consultant in communicable disease control, said there had only been six cases worldwide of CJD
being transmitted via surgery.
One problem that has plagued developers of non-biopsy diagnostic techniques is that it is often difficult to avoid false positives among samples taken from patients with neurodegenerative disorders other than CJD
His daughters, Catherine Burrows and Elizabeth Wolfenden, today described the devastating effect of CJD
as "Alzheimer's in fast forward".
In this review, the presentation, pathology and incidence of CJD
are examined, with particular reference to iatrogenic transmission.
Prof James Ironside, of the National CJD
Surveillance Unit at Edinburgh University, will tell an audience today that this underlines the need for a rapid screening test for the disease.
It has also been quietly revealed that a variant of CJD
(vCJD) may have been spread throughout the blood transfusion system in the United Kingdom, from vCJD-infected donors.
Scrapie exposure has not been demonstrated to increase CJD
risk, despite extensive human exposure (18).