Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in an elderly patient

J W Lorains, C Henry, D A Agbamu, M Rossi, M Bishop, R G Will, J W Ironside

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Abstract / Description of output

We report a case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease(vCJD) in a 74-year old man in whom diagnosis was made at necropsy. The occurrence of vCJD in an individual in this age group is unlikely to be an isolated event. Doctors need to be aware that vCJD can arise in elderly patients so that appropriate investigations (including magnetic resonance imaging) can be done, and permission for neuropathological necropsy requested, in suspected cases. This case could also have important implications for public health policy decisions and surveillance programmes that target the younger age range of vCJD cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1339-40
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet
Volume357
Issue number9265
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2001

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Aged
  • Autopsy
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome
  • Great Britain
  • Humans
  • Male

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