- I am sure that the 500 patients will be relieved to hear
that it was not the human form of mad cow disease they were exposed to,
- Of course, someone might just want to tell Emory University
Hospital that the end result is the same... because CJD and nvCJD are really
the same killer disease...The result of which is death after a horrible
- Patricia Doyle
- Patient's Disorder Isn't Mad Cow Disease
- ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University Hospital has confirmed
that a brain surgery patient does not have the human version of mad cow
disease, but does have a rare, fatal disorder that resembles it.
- The hospital issued an alert more than a week ago saying
preliminary tests on the unidentified patient produced a diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob
disease. It warned that at least 500 other patients may have been exposed
to the disease if they came into contact with surgical instruments used
on the patient.
- In a letter dated Friday, medical Director Robert B.
Smith III said laboratory tests came back positive but also "confirmed
that this is not the disease commonly called 'mad cow disease.'"
- The human form of mad cow disease is called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob.
- Smith said it is extremely unlikely other patients would
have been exposed to the disease. "Although we cannot guarantee your
risk of an exposure is absolutely zero, it is immeasurably lower, for example,
than other types of potential infections that sometimes occur in a hospital
or other clinical surgical settings," he said.
- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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