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Glossary for Variant CJD

  • Alpers Syndrome: A rare syndrome characterized by liver disease, seizures and progressive, episodic psychomotor retardation.
  • Brain conditions: Medical conditions that affect the brain
  • Brain symptoms: Symptoms affecting the brain
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: A very rare degenerative brain disease that can be inherited, transmitted (eg in surgical transplants using infected tissue) or as a result of genetic mutations. The condition is fatal.
  • Degenerative conditions: Diseases characterized by a progressive and degenerative decline.
  • Dizziness: Feelings of lightheadedness or giddiness.
  • Fatal familial insomnia: A very rare inherited brain disease that severely affects sleep and causes progressive deterioration of mental and movement functions.
  • Food-related conditions: Medical conditions related to food ingestion.
  • Memory loss: The loss of ones ability to recall from their memory.
  • Moodiness: Inappropriate moods or excessive mood changes
  • Nervous system conditions: Diseases affecting the nerves and the nervous system.
  • Posture symptoms: Symptoms related to body posture
  • Prion diseases: Various diseases caused by abnormal proteins (prions) in the brain.
  • Spasms: Involuntary muscle movements without full control.
  • Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: The bovine spongiform encephalopathy affects cattle but the variant form can infect humans. Human infection can occur by consuming infected cattle products, especially the brain and other central nervous system tissues.
  • Walking symptoms: Problems with walking.


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