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Mad Cow Disease

Alternate Names : Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, New Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, New Variant CJD

Mad Cow Disease | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

Diagnosis of nvCJD begins with a medical history and physical exam. A recording of brain waves, called an EEG, may show abnormalities. A final diagnosis can be made with a biopsy of the brain. This involves taking a small piece of brain tissue with a special needle. The piece of tissue can then be examined with a microscope.

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Mad Cow Disease: Prevention & Expectations

Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 05/21/01

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