Neurological Sciences

, Volume 38, Issue 8, pp 1535–1537 | Cite as

Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease presenting with isolated progressive non-fluent aphasia in a young woman

  • Alberto TerrinEmail author
  • Andrea Barp
  • Gianluigi Zanusso
  • Paolo Gallo
  • Annachiara Cagnin
Letter to the Editor


Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) belongs to a family of neurodegenerative diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies or prion diseases. Sporadic (sCJD), the most common form, occurs at an incidence of 1/100.0000/year. Onset usually occurs in the seventh decade of life, and life expectancy is about 5 months. Clinically, sCJD is characterized by a rapidly progressive dementia, myoclonus, visual, or cerebellar disturbances, pyramidal or extrapyramidal signs, and akinetic mutism [1]. Brain MRI can support the clinical diagnosis of sCJD showing signal hyperintensity at the FLAIR/DWI sequences in caudate/putamen and/or in at least two regions among the temporal, parietal, and occipital cortex [2, 3]. Here, we report a young woman with isolated language impairment and left basal ganglia MRI-DWI alterations. Probable sCJD was diagnosed in vivo with detection of prion protein (PrP) seeding activity through Real-Time Quaking-Induced Conversion (RT-QuIC) in CSF and...


Prion Disease Olfactory Mucosa PRNP Gene Akinetic Mutism Anterior Temporal Region 
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We would like to acknowledge the patient, her husband, and her family for the collaboration.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Study funding

There is no targeted funding reported.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neuroscience (DNS)University of PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine, and Movement SciencesUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly

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