Basic Summary for Prion diseases


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Main name of condition: Prion diseases
Other names or spellings: Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy, Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, TSE


What is Prion diseases?
  Brief description of Prion diseases: Various diseases caused by abnormal proteins (prions) in the brain.
  Parent types of Prion diseases: All Disease Categories
  Types of Prion diseases: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Variant CJD, Kuru, Fatal familial insomnia, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), Scrapie, Mink encephalopathy, Feline encephalopathy, Feline spongiform encephalopathy, Chronic wasting disease (CWD), Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Chronic wasting disease (CWD) of mule deer and elk, Transmissible mink encephalopathy (TME)
How serious is Prion diseases?
  Prognosis of Prion diseases: TSEs tend to progress rapidly and usually culminate in death over the course of a few months to a few years. 1
  Complications of Prion diseases: see complications of Prion diseases
What causes Prion diseases?
  Causes of Prion diseases: see causes of Prion diseases
What are the symptoms of Prion diseases?
  Symptoms of Prion diseases: see symptoms of Prion diseases
Can anyone else get Prion diseases?
  More information: see contagiousness of Prion diseases
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Prion diseases: see treatments for Prion diseases

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Information Page: NINDS

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