Diagnostic Tests for Prion diseases
Tests and diagnosis discussion for Prion diseases:
The only way to confirm a diagnosis of a TSE is through a brain biopsy or
autopsy. In a brain biopsy, a neurosurgeon removes a small piece of tissue
from the patientís brain for examination.
Usually, this is done only to
rule out other, potentially treatable, diseases, like encephalitis or
meningitis that might mimic the symptoms of a TSE disease.
1. excerpt from NINDS Kuru Information Page: NINDS
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