Symptoms of Kuru


General information about symptoms of Kuru: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Kuru. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Kuru. Furthermore, symptoms of Kuru may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Kuru.

Symptoms of Kuru: Like other TSEs, kuru has a long incubation period and it may take years or even decades before an infected person shows symptoms. Because kuru mainly affects the cerebellum, which is located at the base of the brain and is responsible for coordination, the usual first symptoms are those of incoordination, such as unsteady gait, tremors, and slurred speech. Unlike most of the other TSEs, dementia is either minimal or absent; instead, there is usually a marked change in mood, often taking the form of indifference, or even euphoria. Eventually, patients become unable to stand or eat, and they die in a helpless comatose state from 6 to 12 months after the onset of illness. 1

More symptoms of Kuru: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Kuru, underlying causes of Kuru, associated conditions for Kuru, risk factors for Kuru, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from NINDS Kuru Information Page: NINDS

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