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What causes spongioform encephalitis?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: Great question

Spongiform is used by neuro pathologists to describe the appearance of the brain at autopsy.
Many early cases could not be determined as to cause. The patient had a prolonged miserable course and then died. No specific cause could be found, but the brain was full of small holes like a sponge. We now know most are caused by latent viruses or prions.

In brief: Great question

Spongiform is used by neuro pathologists to describe the appearance of the brain at autopsy.
Many early cases could not be determined as to cause. The patient had a prolonged miserable course and then died. No specific cause could be found, but the brain was full of small holes like a sponge. We now know most are caused by latent viruses or prions.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: Prions

Spongiform encephalitis is the name for creutzfeldt–jakob disease, and mad cow disease.
These are caused by misfolded proteins, prions, that act as infectious agents.

In brief: Prions

Spongiform encephalitis is the name for creutzfeldt–jakob disease, and mad cow disease.
These are caused by misfolded proteins, prions, that act as infectious agents.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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