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Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in a 16-year-old in the UK.

Abstract

A report of a case of histopathologically confirmed Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in a 16-year-old girl in the UK, first seen in September 1994. The patient was born in the UK of Turkish-Cypriot parents and lived in the UK, although she had often visited Turkey and Cyprus during childhood. She had no history of treatment with human cadaveric pituitary-derived hormones, tissue grafting, or neurosurgical procedures, and there was no family history of dementia, ataxia, or other degenerative disease. As a muslim, the patient generally ate lamb, but had occasionally eaten corned-beef and beefburgers and had eaten cow's brain in about 1989 in Cyprus. However, with respect to the consumption of bovine brain, BSE has to date not been reported in Cyprus.newline˜Valerie A. Pritchard