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prion diseases

A group of genetic, infectious, or sporadic degenerative human and animal nervous system disorders associated with abnormal prions. In humans, these conditions generally feature dementia, ataxia, and a fatal outcome. Diseases in this category include Creutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome; scrapie; bovine spongiform encephalopathy; chronic wasting disease of mule deer and elk; and transmissible mink encephalopathy. Pathologic features include a spongiform encephalopathy without evidence of inflammation.
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  • TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathies)
  • spongiform encephalopathies
  • transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
  • subacute transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
  • subacute spongiform encephalopathy
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