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What is a brain with spongiform encephalopathy?
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Prion disease
There are a group of degenerative brain disease that start as a subacute loss of brain function, with dementia, progressing to coma and death.
These disease show by a loss of cells in the brain, but no evidence of inflammation. The brain has a "swiss cheese " under the microscope, they are called spongiform encephalopathies because of this. They are caused by infectious particles called prions.

In brief: Prion disease
There are a group of degenerative brain disease that start as a subacute loss of brain function, with dementia, progressing to coma and death.
These disease show by a loss of cells in the brain, but no evidence of inflammation. The brain has a "swiss cheese " under the microscope, they are called spongiform encephalopathies because of this. They are caused by infectious particles called prions.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Protein disease
Spongiform encephalopathies are diseases of the brain caused by abnormal proteins that cause holes to form in the brain, making it appear like a sponge (hence the name spongiform).
Causes can be infectious, hereditary or sporadic. Symptoms include problems with personality changes, psychiatric issues, movement, gait, and memory. These diseases are degenerative and to date there is no cure.

In brief: Protein disease
Spongiform encephalopathies are diseases of the brain caused by abnormal proteins that cause holes to form in the brain, making it appear like a sponge (hence the name spongiform).
Causes can be infectious, hereditary or sporadic. Symptoms include problems with personality changes, psychiatric issues, movement, gait, and memory. These diseases are degenerative and to date there is no cure.
Dr. Jason Adler
Dr. Jason Adler
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