Spongiform Encephalopathy Evaluation
The evaluation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease begins with a history and physical exam.
The physical exam in those with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is usually normal.
Evaluation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease includes:
- Neurological evaluation
- Psychiatric evaluation
There is no single test for diagnosing this condition. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease must be confirmed with brain biopsy, usually on autopsy.
Tests that may be used to evaluate Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease include:
- CT scan of the brain
- MRI scan of the brain
- SPECT scan of the brain
- PET scanning of the brain:
- Can detect changes in brain metabolism and activity.
- Lumbar puncture
- Abnormal proteins may be detectable in the CSF
- Brain biopsy
Blood tests that may be used to evaluate Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease include:
- Amyloid beta 42
- N-acetyl aspartate
- Serum thiamine level
- Serum folate level
- Thyroid profile
- Electrolyte profile
- Serum iron level
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