Prognosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease


About prognosis: The 'prognosis' of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease usually refers to the likely outcome of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. The prognosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease may include the duration of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, chances of complications of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.

Prognosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Poor. Typically death within 12 months.
Prognosis for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: About 90 percent of patients die within 1 year. In the early stages of disease, patients may have failing memory, behavioral changes, lack of coordination and visual disturbances. As the illness progresses, mental deterioration becomes pronounced and involuntary movements, blindness, weakness of extremities, and coma may occur. 1
Duration of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: In more than 85 percent of cases, the duration of CJD is less than 1 year (median: 4 months) after onset of symptoms. 2
Complications: see complications of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

1. excerpt from NINDS Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Facts About Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: CDC-OC

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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