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

1. excerpt from NINDS Kuru Information Page: NINDS

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