Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Common Name(s)

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, CJD

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a type of rapidly progressive brain disorder known as prion disease. Prion disease is very rare and affects about one in every one million people per year. Symptoms of CJD typically develop around age 60 and can include trouble with memory along with changes in behavior, vision, and coordination. As the disease progresses, the severity of the symptoms increase.

The three variations of CJD are labeled as sporadic, hereditary, and acquired. Researchers believe the sporadic variation, which is most common, could be due to an incorrectly folded protein in the body, called an infectious prion. The prions clump together and cause damage to the brain, leading to the symptoms of CJD. The hereditary variation, which occurs much less often, is also caused by clumped prions. However, in the hereditary version, the abnormally folded prions are caused by a change (mutation) in the PRNP gene. The acquired variation of CJD is the least common and can occur when an individual comes in contact with the brain tissue or spinal fluid of an affective organism, such as eating the brain tissue of an affected cow (also known as mad cow disease). This variation accounts for about 1% of CJD cases.

Because CJD has symptoms similar to other forms of dementia, a doctor may attempt to rule out other conditions before suggesting a diagnosis of CJD. A medical professional may also perform a brain scan, such as an MRI, to look for changes in the brain tissue that are characteristic of CJD. The current treatments available for CJD focus on minimizing the symptoms associated with the disease. Researchers are trying to better understand what causes CJD in order to develop more effective treatments. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with CJD, talk with your doctor and specialists about the most current treatment options. Support groups are a good resource for additional information and support.

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The CJD Foundation

The Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation consists of members who are concerned about the complexity of issues surrounding this fatal brain disease. Our mission is to support families and loved ones touched by CJD.

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2013

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The CJD Foundation

The Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation consists of members who are concerned about the complexity of issues surrounding this fatal brain disease. Our mission is to support families and loved ones touched by CJD.

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Last Updated: 11 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease" returned 597 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Variants of PLCXD3 are not associated with variant or sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in a large international study.
 

Author(s): Rubika Balendra, James Uphill, Claire Collinson, Ronald Druyeh, Gary Adamson, Holger Hummerich, Inga Zerr, Pierluigi Gambetti, John Collinge, Simon Mead

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Human prion diseases are relentlessly progressive neurodegenerative disorders which include sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) and variant CJD (vCJD). Aside from variants of the prion protein gene (PRNP) replicated association at genome-wide levels of significance has proven ...

Last Updated: 8 Apr 2016

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Presenting With Dizziness and Gaze-Evoked Nystagmus: A Case Report.
 

Author(s): Yun-Ju Choi, Kyung-Wook Kang, Sae-Young Lee, Seung-Ho Kang, Seung-Han Lee, Byeong C Kim

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Feb;95(7):e2766.

 

Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is clinically characterized by rapidly progressive dementia combined with other cardinal symptoms, such as myoclonus, visual or cerebellar disturbances, extrapyramidal or pyramidal disturbance, and akinetic mutism. However, as an initial manifestation, ...

Last Updated: 18 Feb 2016

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Emergence of two prion subtypes in ovine PrP transgenic mice infected with human MM2-cortical Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease prions.
 

Author(s): Jérôme Chapuis, Mohammed Moudjou, Fabienne Reine, Laetitia Herzog, Emilie Jaumain, Céline Chapuis, Isabelle Quadrio, Jacques Boulliat, Armand Perret-Liaudet, Michel Dron, Hubert Laude, Human Rezaei, Vincent Béringue

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Mammalian prions are proteinaceous pathogens responsible for a broad range of fatal neurodegenerative diseases in humans and animals. These diseases can occur spontaneously, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans, or be acquired or inherited. Prions are primarily formed ...

Last Updated: 5 Feb 2016

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The terms "Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease" returned 57 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Systematic reviews in paediatric multiple sclerosis and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease exemplify shortcomings in methods used to evaluate therapies in rare conditions.
 

Author(s): Steffen Unkel, Christian Röver, Nigel Stallard, Norbert Benda, Martin Posch, Sarah Zohar, Tim Friede

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Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard design of clinical research to assess interventions. However, RCTs cannot always be applied for practical or ethical reasons. To investigate the current practices in rare diseases, we review evaluations of therapeutic interventions ...

Last Updated: 22 Feb 2016

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Distinct origins of dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: past and future problems.
 

Author(s): Atsushi Kobayashi, Yuichi Matsuura, Shirou Mohri, Tetsuyuki Kitamoto

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Dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (dCJD) can be divided into two subgroups that exhibit distinct clinical and neuropathological features, with the majority represented by a non-plaque-type of dCJD (np-dCJD) and the minority by a plaque-type of dCJD (p-dCJD). The ...

Last Updated: 8 Apr 2014

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Interpretation of cerebrospinal fluid protein tests in the diagnosis of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: an evidence-based approach.
 

Author(s): Michael B Coulthart, Gerard H Jansen, Neil R Cashman

Journal: CMAJ. 2014 Jun;186(9):E333-9.

 

Last Updated: 10 Jun 2014

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The Role of the Coagulation Pathway at the Synapse in Prion Diseases
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2015

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Genetic Characterization of Movement Disorders and Dementias
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ataxia; Dystonia; Parkinson's Disease; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Corticobasal Degeneration; Multiple System Atrophy; Alzheimer's Disease; Lewy Body Dementia; Parkinson Disease-Dementia; Dentatorubral-pallidoluysian Atrophy; Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Fatal Familial Insomnia; Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome; Krabbe's Disease; Niemann-Pick Disease, Type C; Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis

 

Last Updated: 9 Nov 2016

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