Anything on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Jean-Marc Gabriel gabriel at ubaclu.unibas.ch
Wed Jul 19 15:08:19 EST 1995


In article <sgodfrey.2.008F7170 at SunBelt.Net>, sgodfrey at SunBelt.Net (Steve
Godfrey) wrote:

> My 71-yr old mother has been afflicted with a severe dementia accompanied by 
> muscle spasms, all of which developed over a very short span of time
(2-3 wks) 
> approx. two months after open-heart surgery.  MRI and CatScan show no
evidence 
> of stroke, and changes to medication do not seem to result in any change in 
> her condition.  Neurologists seem puzzled.  The possibility of 
> Creutzfeldt-Jacobs disease has been raised (not by a doctor), and my sister 
> and I are seeking any info on this disorder, and/or any other possible causes 
> that could lead to such mental instability over such a short span of time.
> 
> Any comments would be appreciated. 

The following reference is a good starter:

S.B. Prusiner.  The prion diseases.  Scientific American (January 1995),
pp. 30-37.

Jean-Marc Gabriel, PhD
Neurobiology Lab#306
Neurology Clinic & Research Dept.
University Hospital Basel
Hebelstrasse 20
CH-4031 Basel
Switzerland
phone: +41 61 265 2329
fax: +41 61 265 2350
email:   gabriel at ubaclu.unibas.ch



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