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Prion diseases

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), Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease, and the bizarre fatal familial insomnia (where a person literally dies because they cannot fall asleep). See detailed discussion in article Prion Diseases. ...more »

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Prion diseases: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Prion diseases

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to more »

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. The condition goes more »

MTBI misdiagnosed as balance problem: When a person has symptoms such as vertigo or dizziness, a diagnosis of brain injury may go overlooked. This is particularly true of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), more »

Brain pressure condition often misdiagnosed as dementia: A condition that results from an excessive pressure of CSF within the brain is more »

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. A variety more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the more »

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 more »

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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. - (Source - Diseases Database)


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