Journal article

Iatrogenic and zoonotic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: the Australian perspective.

S Collins, CL Masters

The Medical Journal of Australia | Published : 1996

Abstract

The transmissible brain diseases of humans and animals, the spongiform encephalopathies, continue to stimulate interest, and the announcement that exposure to "mad cow disease" (bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE]) is a possible explanation for more than 10 cases of a variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans in the United Kingdom is a recent example. Cases of iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (from previous use of human cadaveric tissues for pituitary hormone therapy and neurosurgical grafts) are still being identified, and the unique nosological status of this group of disorders-that they are both transmissible and inherited and that the only known component of their infectious age..

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