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Glossary for Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

  • Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension, and fear without apparent stimulus that is associated sometime with somatic responses
  • Apathy: When an individual has a lack of feeling and emotion
  • Ataxia: It is a neurological sign and symptom consisting of gross lack of co-ordination of muscle movements.
  • Brain conditions: Medical conditions that affect the brain
  • Chorea: Any disorder causing involuntary movement or spasms.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Degenerative conditions: Diseases characterized by a progressive and degenerative decline.
  • Delusions: Inappropriate or irrational beliefs.
  • Dementia: Various mental impairment conditions.
  • Depressive symptoms: Inappropriate depressed mood.
  • Head Conditions: Conditions that affect the head
  • Isolation: Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Myoclonus: Sudden involuntary muscle twitching or movement.
  • Nervous system conditions: Diseases affecting the nerves and the nervous system.
  • Pain: A feeling of suffering, agony, distress caused by the stimulation of pain fibres in the nervous system
  • Prion diseases: Various diseases caused by abnormal proteins (prions) in the brain.
  • Variant CJD: New human CJD subtype linked to mad cow disease (BSE).

 

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