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Is there a vaccine or medicine available that cures or prevents classic cjd?

CJD: Cjd is an unusual and rare brain infection disorder and to date there are no cures or vaccines for it. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Cjd (Definition)

Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) - a fatal prion disease ...Read more


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Is cjd airborne?

Is cjd airborne?

No: Most cases of cjd are sporadic. Cjd may be transmitted through organ transplant or contaminated instruments used in surgery. Variant cjd, also called mad cow disease may be acquired through eating of beef from affected bovine. ...Read more

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How is cjd diagnosed?

How is cjd diagnosed?

Pathology: Mri may suggest cjd. Definitive diagnosis requires tissue examination by biopsy or at autopsy. For more info see the site below.
www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/cjd/resources/cid-september15-2005editorialeb-rh-lbs.pdf. ...Read more

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How is cjd transmitted?

How is cjd transmitted?

Various: There are at least 2 forms. Classic and new variant. Classic includes sporatic and familial) sporadic - which it is unknown but usually occurs later in life. Familial- which is passed genetically. Variant- mostly contamination (small percentage- ie contaminated medical instruments or eating contaminated foods). ...Read more

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Who can get familial cjd?

Parent to child: Creutzfeldt-jakob disease, or cjd, is a disease similar to mad cow disease and is caused by a miss-folded protein in your brain. Unlike other forms of the disease, cjd is thought to be familial, being passed from parent to child, in about 10% of cases. ...Read more

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How common is classic cjd?

<1:million: It occurs in less one person per million per year. ...Read more

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Is cjd reportable where I live?

Reporting CJD diseas: Creutzfeldt-jakob disease (cjd) is a reportable disease is all 50 states when the diagnosis is made. The problem is that it is a very difficult diagnosis to make since it presents slowly and insidiously years after the exposure to infected food. ...Read more

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What are standard tests for cjd?

What are standard tests for cjd?

No easy ones: Cdc website provided the following iinformation."the diagnostic tests performed at the npdpsc include a csf
14-3-3 immunoassay, routine histopathologic analysis, immunohistochemistry, and western blot and prion protein gene analyses."
in short there are no easy blood tests. ...Read more

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Is cjd be transmitted thru the air?

Is cjd be transmitted thru the air?

NO: Creutzfeld jacob disease , a fatal very rare neurological infective disorder is transmitted by tissue transplantation or ingestion of the infected material (a prion ). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sporadic cjd?

CJD: Creutzfeldt-jakob disease cjd
in sporadic cjd, the disease appears even though the person has no known risk factors for the disease. This is by far the most common type of cjd and accounts for at least 85 percent of cases. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for sporadic cjd?

None known: Only about 200 cases per year in the US. Other than aging, it's hard to pinpoint specific risk factors. Other forms of CJD may be hereditary or transmitted through tissue transplantation or ingesting infected meat ("mad cow disease"). ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of cjd disease?

Mental deterioration: Mental deterioration as manifest by dementia, behavioral changes and decline in higher cortical functions (concentration, judgement) can occur early and progress rapidly. Often patients will also have myoclonus (uncontrollable jerking of muscles). ...Read more

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What types of research is being done for cjd?

A prion disease: The human prion diseases occur in inherited, acquired, and sporadic forms. Inherited cjd associates with coding mutations in the prnp gene. Acquired prion diseases include iatrogenic cjd, kuru, variant cjd in humans, scrapie in sheep, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (bse) in cattle. Variant cjd is believed to be acquired from cattle infected with bse. However, the majority of human cases of p. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: CJD?

CJD: Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) - a fatal prion disease which attacks the brain. ...Read more

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Can people with cjd pass the illness to others?

No: Cjd and the new variant cjd (bse) can only be passed by direct exposure to brain, spleen, and lymphoid tissues of an infected individual. Even blood transfusion evidence is controversial. Because of the long latent period and relatively few cases to study, no evidence of human to human transmission are documented, other than by direct exposure to tissue products some cases are hereditary. ...Read more

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In what way can cjd be transmitted from person to person?

In what way can cjd be transmitted from person to person?

Cannibalism: "kuru" was transmitted in this way and became an epidemic among the fore people of new guinea. It has also been transmitted on surgical instruments, by organ transplant, and more recently probably by blood transfusion. Tissue is infectious so we do not like to handle it in the lab. A person with cjd poses no danger to caregivers. ...Read more

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What are some things that increase the risk of cjd transmission?

Unclear question: Classic cjd is transmitted through contamination of one's tissues with the neural tissue of an affected person, usually through surgery or tissue transplants. Cjd is a rare disease. ...Read more

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Can you diagnose somebody's cjd years and years before anything happens?

No: There are no known diagnostic tests to show transmission of cjd prior to the onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cjd?

No curative tx: Current treatment for cjd is aimed at alleviating symptoms and making the individual as comfortable as possible. Opiate drugs can help relieve pain if it occurs, and the drugs Clonazepam and sodium valproate may help relieve myoclonus. During later stages of the disease, changing the person’s position frequently can keep him or her comfortable and helps prevent bedsores. Foley cath, ivfluids, supp. ...Read more

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Can I get cjd by eating beef?

Diseased beef: Creutzfeldt-jakob disease is a spongiform encephalopathy - a disease that makes holes in the brain like a sponge. It is caused by a prion, which is a non-living protein that causes a chain-reaction of poorly-structured brain proteins. It can come from any diseased animal and called scrapie in sheep and kuru in cannibalism. There is also a genetic form that is not from eating prions. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting cjd?

Rare disease: There are no specific steps to take, other than to avoid exposure to the body fluids of someone with the disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get cjd via blood?

Yes: The human equivalent of mad cow disease, so called variant cjd can be transmitted by blood transfusion. ...Read more

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Can you get your blood tested for cjd or something else?

No easy tests for CJ: The following information is taken from the cdc website. "the diagnostic tests performed at the npdpsc include a CSF 14-3-3 immunoassay, routine histopathologic
analysis, immunohistochemistry, and western blot and prion protein gene analyses."
in short there are not easy blood tests for cjd. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a teenager getting sporadic CJD?

What are the chances of a teenager getting sporadic CJD?

I don't get it: My pts come into my office having done "research" on their problems every which way ad infinitum by using a search engine. But then people post questions here that don't require medical thinking but are just about regurgitating statistics that anyone can look up. This is work that you can do yourself without much difficulty. I'd start with the CDC website. Doing it yourself will empower you. ...Read more

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Transmission of creutzfeldt-jacob disease (cjd) has been proven between family members?

Yes and No: Transmission in the sense of exposure to the prion protein is not more likely between family members than the general population. However, there are familial, i.e., genetic, forms of cjd that can be inherited. ...Read more

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Are GMOs linked to cjd or mad cow diease?

No: That's fantasy. There are reasonable opponents of genetically modified organisms, but alleging that they cause prion disease is simply making things up -- and there are plenty of militants of every camp who do this sort of thing. ...Read more

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What is familial creutzfeldt-jakob disease (cjd)?

Hereditary CJD: In hereditary cjd, the person has a family history of the disease and/or tests positive for a genetic mutation associated with cjd. About 5 to 10 percent of cases of cjd in the United States are hereditary. ...Read more

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What is sporadic creutzfeldt-jakob disease (cjd)?

Mimics psychosis: Sporadic cjd has been described psychosis that tends to mimic cjd but in a "sporadic" fashion. It is currenly poorly defined. ...Read more

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