Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

By Karl Krenz

Media Influence

The book Going Bovine features a main character who has CJD. It portrays the symptoms of CJD and how it affects his life throughout the book. This book raised awareness of CJD.

Interpersonal Communication

Patients with CJD quickly become unable to care for themselves. The patient's caretaker(s) should make the patient as comfortable as possible. They can do this by:
  • Talking quietly
  • Creating a calm and quiet environment (soft music is helpful for this)
  • Making sure the patient's bed has side railings so they cannot fall out of bed suddenly.

Immediate and Long Term Effects

Immediate Effects:
  • Changes in personality
  • Confusion and/or disorientation
  • Feeling nervous or jumpy
  • Sudden muscle jerks or seizures
  • Sleepiness
  • Speech impairment

Long Term Effects

  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in walking
  • Dementia
  • Hallucinations

Advances in CJD Treatment

CJD has always been and is currently a 100% fatal disease. No cure is available at this time, but many symptoms, such as insomnia or agitation, can be treated to put the patient at ease.

Karl Krenz, 7th hour

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