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