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Haemophilia patient had variant CJD agent in spleen

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b705 (Published 18 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b705
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    A postmortem of a 70 year old patient with haemophilia has shown that he had the abnormal prion protein for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in his spleen. It is the first time the vCJD agent has been found in a patient with haemophilia or anyone treated with a plasma product.

    The patient’s death was unrelated to vCJD, and he had no symptoms of the disease or any other neurological condition before his death. However, the …

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