Surgical specimens to be tested for new variant CJD

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:617
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ Alex Brooks, BMJ

    The discovery of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD) in the appendix of a patient who later developed the disease has provided British scientists with an opportunity to measure its prevalence in the population for the first time, as well as opening up unprecedented diagnostic possibilities.

    A programme of testing several thousand pathological specimens of appendixes and tonsils is to start under government supervision. The testing will be done on an anonymous retrospective basis, using specimens removed during routine surgery. If this produces a positive result the programme would become proactive, with tests on appendixes and tonsils before surgery.

    The recent discovery of …

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