Prion diseases: Introduction
Prions are abnormal proteins that attack the brain from inside.
None of the human prion diseases are common
and animal prion diseases are more common.
The various transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
in animals caused by prions include the famous "mad cow disease" (BSE),
scrapies in sheep, chronic wasting disease of deer and elk,
and various others.
Human prion diseases include CJD,
variant CJD (possibly linked to BSE),
the obscure kuru (from brain cannibalism in New Guinea),
and the bizarre fatal familial insomnia (where a
person literally dies because they cannot fall asleep).
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Symptoms of Prion diseases
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Types of Prion diseases
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Misdiagnosis and Prion diseases
Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who
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Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for
a patient to show mental decline to dementia.
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Mild traumatic brain injury often remains undiagnosed: Although the symptoms
of severe brain injury are hard to miss,
it is less clear for milder injuries, or even those causing a mild concussion diagnosis.
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MTBI misdiagnosed as balance problem: When a person has symptoms
such as vertigo or dizziness, a diagnosis of brain injury may go overlooked.
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Brain pressure condition often misdiagnosed as dementia: A condition
that results from an excessive pressure of CSF within the brain is often misdiagnosed.
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Post-concussive brain injury often misdiagnosed: A study found that soldiers who had
suffered a concussive injury in battle often were misdiagnosed on their return.
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Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be
correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients.
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Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency
is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis).
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Prion diseases: Rare Types
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Clinical Trials for Prion diseases
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and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.
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Definitions of Prion diseases:
Small proteinaceous infectious particles which resist inactivation by procedures that modify NUCLEIC ACIDS and contain an abnormal isoform of a cellular protein which is a major and necessary component. The abnormal (scrapie) isoform is PrPSc (PRPSC PROTEINS) and the cellular isoform PrPC (PRPC PROTEINS). The primary amino acid sequence of the two isoforms is identical. Human diseases caused by prions include CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB SYNDROME; GERSTMANN-STRAUSSLER SYNDROME; and INSOMNIA, FATAL FAMILIAL.
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