CJD Support Network Logo

 

WHAT IS CJD?

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, or CJD is a rare and fatal degenerative brain disease of the central nervous system in humans.

It is one of a group of diseases that affects humans and animals, known as the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases. In animals, the best known TSE is BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) sometimes referred to in the news as mad-cow disease. CJD is not transmitted through social contact.

There is currently no cure or treatment for CJD but research continues on many drugs. CJD is still only confirmed by autopsy although a test performed on cerebrospinal fluid to detect a protein marker can help diagnose CJD in people who already show clinical symptoms of the disease.

FACTS FAQ ARTICLES OF INTEREST

THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF CJD

THE SYMPTOMS OF CJD

Some or all of these symptoms may be indicative of many other diseases.

In actual cases of CJD the symptoms are severe and progress rapidly.

 

© Copyright CJD Support Group Pty Ltd 2005-2009