Pseudoparalysis, spastic: Better known as
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). A dementing disease of the brain.
CJD is believed to be due to
a highly unconventional transmissible agent named a prion. It is not
a bacteria, not a virus, in fact not like any other known type of
Symptoms of CJD include forgetfulness, nervousness, jerky
trembling hand movements, unsteady gait,
muscle spasms, chronic dementia, balance disorder, and loss of facial
CJD is classified as a spongiform encephalopathy. Most cases
occur randomly (sporadically), but
inherited forms exist.
There is neither cure nor treatment available for CJD. Other names
for CJD include Creutzfeldt-Jakob syndrome and Jakob-Creutzfeldt