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What are symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)?

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The symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) start and worsen very quickly. People with CJD often have signs of dementia, including:

Sometimes, people with CJD have trouble sleeping or become depressed. In later stages of the disease, they often can’t speak or move. They may also get pneumonia or other infections, or slip into a coma.

  • Confusion
  • Trouble walking
  • Jerky muscle movements or twitching
  • Personality changes
  • Trouble with memory and judgment
  • Vision problems

From: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Fact Sheet.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.”

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Foundation: “CJD Fact Sheet.”

CDC: “CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Classic).”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Fact Sheet.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.”

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Foundation: “CJD Fact Sheet.”

CDC: “CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Classic).”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 28, 2018

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