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Rinsho Shinkeigaku. 2004 Mar;44(3):182-6.

[Serial diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) in a patient with sporadic Creuztfeldt-Jakob disease].

[Article in Japanese]

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Section of Neurology, Nagasaki Kita Hospital.


Serial DWIs were performed in a patient with CJD who developed symptoms acutely and progressed rapidly. DWI discloed an increased signal in the frontal and parietal inner cortical areas, and in the caudate nuclei and putamina 20 days after the onset of symptoms. T2-weighted images showed only signal abnormality in the caudate nuclei and putamina, but not in the cerebral cortex. In the CSF obtained 15 days after the onset of symptoms, total tau protein was markedly elevated and 14-3-3 protein was positive. Measurement of these proteins are highly specific and sensitive for the diagnosis of CJD, but not available as a rapid routine examination at present. DWI is not specific, but useful for making the diagnosis of CJD in the early stage of the disease.

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