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What are the tests for vcjd?

What are the tests for vcjd?

Brian biobsy : Tests used to diagnose this condition may include: blood tests to rule out other forms of dementia and to look for markers that sometimes occur with the disease ct scan of the brain electroencephalogram (eeg) mri of the brain spinal tap to test for a protein called 14-3-3 the disease can only be confirmed with a brain biopsy or autopsy. ...Read more

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Vcjd (Definition)

vCJD is a form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which is a rare neurodegenerative disease. As opposed to "classic" CJD, which starts typically in patients over 65 years old, vCJD begins primarily with psychiatric symptoms, in younger patients (<30 years old on average) than other types of CJD and has a longer duration from start ...Read more


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I think I have vcjd, how did this happen?

I think I have vcjd, how did this happen?

Creutzfeldt-Jakob: This is a very rare brain degenerative disorder. Although hereditary and acquired presentations occur, spontaneous cases are the most common presentation. These cases are likely due mutation on the gene that codes for the protein implicated in the hereditary cases. Vcjd has been seen in residents of united kingdom & france. Check with your doctor to exclude other more common diseases first. ...Read more

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What are the major presenting symptoms of vcjd?

What are the major presenting symptoms of vcjd?

Many : Blurred vision (sometimes) changes in gait (walking) confusion, disorientation dementia that occurs over a few weeks or months hallucinations lack of coordination (for example, stumbling and falling) muscle stiffness muscle twitching myoclonic jerks or seizures nervous, jumpy feelings personality changes sleepiness speech impairment. ...Read more

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How can I recognize the major symptoms of vcjd?

How can I recognize the major symptoms of vcjd?

Early in the disease: A nervous system and mental examination will show memory problems and changes in other mental functions. Later in the disease, a motor system examination may show: abnormal reflexes or increased normal reflex responses. Increase in muscle tone. Muscle twitching and spasms. Strong startle response. Weakness and loss of muscle tissue (muscle wasting)there is loss of coordination ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: VCJD?

What is the definition or description of: VCJD?

Creutzfeldt-Jakob dz: vCJD is a form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which is a rare neurodegenerative disease. As opposed to "classic" CJD, which starts typically in patients over 65 years old, vCJD begins primarily with psychiatric symptoms, in younger patients (<30 years old on average) than other types of CJD and has a longer duration from start of symptoms to death. ...Read more

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How long it will take to die after contracting vcjd?

Hard to say: Creuztfeld jacob disease usually was fatal in about 18 months .The variant form has slower progression. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vcjd?

What is the treatment for vcjd?

Prions: Vcjd or variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease is the human form of "mad cow disease" acquired by humans by the ingestion of contaminated meat (mostly hamburger) or rarely by blood transfusion from a case of vcjd prior to diagnosis. There is no definitive treatment although a number of investigators are studying possibilities. ...Read more

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After exposure to contaminated beef, how long does it take for vCJD to develop?

Decades: Hi Member466, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease or mad cow disease is a form of dementia that can take 15-20 and sometimes up to 50 years to develop after eating contaminated meat. While a slow virus or " Prion" , an infectious protein particle may be involved, a definitive cause is still unknown. Hope this sheds some light on your question. Thank you. ...Read more

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What is difference between vcjd and creutzfeldt-jakob disease?

Acronyms: Creutzfelt-jakob disease could be abbreviated as cjd. So where did you get the term vcjd? I don't like acronyms. It's a way of isolating medical knowledge instead of universalizing knowledge. I am totally adverse to acronyms. In fact "acronymicism" is the reason for your question. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get infected with bse (vcjd) this way?

Can you tell me if i could get infected with bse (vcjd) this way?

What?: You left out part of your question. What way are you taking about? Please resubmit your complete question with clarification. ...Read more

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Would a pin prick cut from pointy scissors with vcjd contaminated blood on them be infectious?

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Would a pin prick cut from pointy scissors with vcjd contaminated blood on them be infectious?

Yes, need follow up: Vcjd, or variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease is a prion based disease belonging to the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies that result in progressive neurologic deficits. The incubation period for transmission of vcjd by blood transfusion to the development of the disease is 6-8 years after blood transfusion. Since there is no treatment, you should see a neurologist for follow up. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and fear of dying from vcjd (mad cow) from consuming british candies. What to do?

I have anxiety and fear of dying from vcjd (mad cow) from consuming british candies. What to do?

Before you become : Too worked up: were any of these candies recalled? Were these candies in any way connected with cows that suffered from this disease? There is a german candy called mamba that contain beef-based gelatin - which was recalled in poland. Know of no cases of mad cow disease related to that. Check your facts - before you get spun up. ...Read more

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How rare is mad cow disease?

How rare is mad cow disease?

MAD COW DISEASE: Although cjd (creutzfeld jacob disease = mad cow)is the most common human prion disease, it is still rare, occurring in about one out of every one million people every year. It usually affects people aged 45–75, most commonly appearing in people between the ages of 60–65. ...Read more

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Do people get mad cow disease?

The human equivalent: Of mad cow disease was first reported in 1996. There have been several hundred cases, mostly in the uk, and it appears that in the last few years, there are few if any cases. The risk currently is very, very low. Remember, cooking the ground beef to well done or beyond does not decrease the risk. ...Read more

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How common is mad cow disease?

How common is mad cow disease?

In cows?: http://www.medicinenet.com/mad_cow_disease/page5.htm

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How is mad cow disease spread?

How is mad cow disease spread?

Read below: Bovine spongioform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) is a prion disease, infective agents that vary from viruses in not having dna or rna. The agent can be transferred by ingestion or surgery transplanting the infected tissue (e.g. Cornea ) it is fortunately extremely rare for this to happen nowadays. ...Read more

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How does mad cow disease spread?

Eating bad beef: Infected cattle, which got the disease by eating animal by-products, produce infectious beef. The prion is not damaged even by thorough cooking. It is also possible that slaughterhouse workers exposed to aerosolized cattle parts might be infected in this way. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Mad Cow Disease (Definition)

A very rare but potentially fatal disorder typically caused ...Read more