Syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jakob

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Medical Definition of Syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jakob

Syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jakob: Better known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). A dementing disease of the brain. It is believed due to an unconventional (not a bacteria or virus), transmissible agent called a prion. Symptoms of CJD include forgetfulness, nervousness, jerky trembling hand movements, unsteady gait, muscle spasms, chronic dementia, balance disorder, and loss of facial expression. CJD is classified as a spongiform encephalopathy. Most cases occur randomly (sporadically), but inherited forms exist. There is neither treatment nor cure for CJD. Other names for CJD include Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease and spastic pseudoparalysis.


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