CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB DISEASE: Assessment and Management

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Creutzfeldt- Jakob Disease (OD) is a rare, slowly degenerating, viral disease that attacks the central nervous system. It affects primarily late middle-aged and elderly individuals, with a peak incidence occurring between the ages of 55 and 75 (Brown, 1989). GD was originally discussed by Jakob in 1921. Similar cases were documented by Creutzfeldt in the years 1920 through 1921 (Kirschbaum, 1968). Symptoms of the CreutzfeldtJakob disease are often compared with those of Alzheimer's disease and consequently, the nursing care given to CJD patients is similar to the care given to patients with Alzheimer's disease. However, the etiology, symptomatology, and prognosis vary markedly from Alzheimer's disease. Subsequently, nursing care should reflect such differences.


Copyright 1993 Slack Publishing

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Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Wallace, M. (1993).CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB DISEASE: Assessment and Management. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 19(11), 15-22.

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