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Can encephalitis be caused by creutzfeldt-jakob disease?

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Dr. Theresa Redling
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Encephalitis is and acute inflammation of the brain generally caused by a virus or bacteria.
It can also occur with automimmune disease like lupus. Creutzfeld- jacob disease is caused by a very small protein called a prion. It causes a rapidly progressive dementia znd death due to neuronal cell death. It can come from tainted meat("mad cow disease") , occur sporadically or rarely be inheritted.

In brief: No

Encephalitis is and acute inflammation of the brain generally caused by a virus or bacteria.
It can also occur with automimmune disease like lupus. Creutzfeld- jacob disease is caused by a very small protein called a prion. It causes a rapidly progressive dementia znd death due to neuronal cell death. It can come from tainted meat("mad cow disease") , occur sporadically or rarely be inheritted.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Dr. Theresa Redling
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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Creutzfeldt-jakob disease is a rare degenerative brain disease, and is not considered to be encephalitis, rather an encephalopathy.

In brief: No

Creutzfeldt-jakob disease is a rare degenerative brain disease, and is not considered to be encephalitis, rather an encephalopathy.
Dr. Barton Cook
Dr. Barton Cook
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Dr. Michael DePietro
In encephalitis there is brain inflammation, In CJD while brain cells die there is no inflammation, hence the difference
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