Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a rare degenerative brain disease that is uniformly fatal. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a different condition than classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Signs and symptoms begin with neurologic changes and can include
- personality changes,
- memory loss,
- impaired thinking,
- blurred vision or blindness,
- difficulty speaking,
- difficulty swallowing, and
- sudden, jerky movements.
The condition belongs to the group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).
Causes of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
A prion, an abnormal form of a protein that is transmissible and causes disease, causes vCJD. vCJD is believed to be caused by the same agent that is responsible for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cows. vCJD does not spread from human to human, rather people acquire it from eating meat from infected cows or from blood transfusions from affected people.
Other variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease symptoms
- Blurred Vision or Blindness
- Difficulty Speaking
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Impaired Thinking
- Memory Loss
- Personality Changes
- Sudden, Jerky Movements
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