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How long it will take to die after contracting vcjd?

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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Mad Cow Disease (Definition)

Mad cow disease is a very rare but potentially fatal disorder typically caused by eating meat infected with prions. Mad cow disease in humans is called "variant CJD." It results in dementia, psychiatric disorders, movement ...Read more


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

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 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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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 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

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Vcjd (Definition)

VCJD (variant Creutzfeldt_Jakob disease) is an fatal infection of the brain that causes dementia, personality changes, and movement problems. It is believed to be caused by the same type of protein that is responsible for Mad ...Read more