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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

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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?

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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What drugs are effective against mad cow disease?

Mad Cow Disease: There are no known medical treatments at this point for mad cow disease - this disease is rare. ...Read more

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I hate taking medicine. What can I do to treat mad cow disease?

I hate taking medicine. What can I do to treat mad cow disease?

Nothing: Unfortunately, mad cow disease, a prion disease, has no cure and no real treatment to slow it's progression. The treatments used are for symptoms, such as aggression, delusions, insomnia, etc. Plus, supportive care for daily activities becomes more and more necessary as the illness advances. ...Read more

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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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How can I avoid mad cow disease?

How can I avoid mad cow disease?

Avoid infected meat: "mad cow" disease is uncommon in the usa. About 150 worldwide cases of vcjd have occurred to date, nearly all associated with beef consumption in the uk. There have been 4 confirmed cases of infected cattle in the us since 2006. Generally any cow with neurological symptoms is removed from the herd, and there are feed bans on possibly infectious materials. Avoid beef totally, if very concerned. ...Read more

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How can you cure mad cow disease?

Incurable: The onset of "mad cow disease" or bovine spongiform encephalopathy symptoms is sudden and the progress is rapid. Many attempts have been made to alter the fatal course of the disease, with a notable lack of success. ...Read more

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Can you explain mad cow disease?

Prion disease: Mad cow disease or bse (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for mad cow disease?

Occupational: Mostly occupational hazard - working in the slaughterhouse for example. Eating large quantity of raw and undercooked beef has been cited - but it needs to be from infected cows. Risks are generally low since they stopped feeding the ground up dead animals back to the herd. ...Read more

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How can you detect mad cow disease?

How can you detect mad cow disease?

EEG and LP: An electroencephalogram will show certain rhythms and certain test can be seen in spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Mental symptoms of mad cow disease?

Severe: Mad cow's disease (bovine spongioform encephalopathy =bse) is a very serious incurable disease often with progressive psychological and mental problems associated with rigidity and movement disorders of the extremities fortunately now that we know the etiology very rare the equivalent creutzfeld jacob disease = cjd occurs in one out of a million of the population. ...Read more

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How does a person get mad cow disease?

How does a person get mad cow disease?

More research: "mad cow disease" is also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (bse) -- the human variant is called variant creuzfeldt-jakob disease. The transmissible agent seems to be an abnormal protein found on cell surfaces called a "prion". But eating infected nerve tissue is not necessarily needed, because both meat-eaters and vegetarians have died of creuzfeldt -jakob disease. More to be learned. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Mad Cow Disease (Definition)

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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