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Volume 3, Number 2—June 1997


Is Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Transmitted in Blood?

Maura N. Ricketts*Comments to Author , Neil R. Cashman†, Elizabeth E. Stratton*, and Susie ElSaadany*
Author affiliations: *Laboratory Centre for Disease Control, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and †Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Canada

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Table 1

Transmissible cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Mode of infection No.
of patients Agent entry
into brain Mean incubation period (range)
Neurosurgery 4 Intracerebral 20 months (15-28)
Stereotactic EEG 2 Intracerebral 18 months (16-20)
Corneal transplant 2 Optic nerve 17 months (16-18)
Dura mater implant 25 Cerebral surface 5.5 years (1.5-12))
Growth hormone 76 Hematogenous 12 years (5-30)
Gonadotrophin 4 Hematogenous 13 years (12-16)

EEG = electroencephalogram
Table taken from (27)

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