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One of a group of human prion disease such as CJD. GSS is an abbreviation for Gertsmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease which is a rare inherited neurodegenerative brain infection caused by a prion (abnormal protein particle). The condition progresses slowly but is always fatal. Generally a person survives 1 to 11 years after onset begins. Onset usually occurs between the ages of 35 and 55. ...more »
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GSS is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that GSS, or a subtype of GSS,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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