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UK government advises tighter measures to reduce risk of CJD transmission during neurosurgery

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:517
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    All surgical instruments used in brain biopsy operations for non-focal lesions should be quarantined—set aside in secure storage—until a definitive diagnosis has been obtained, the Department of Health recommended last week. The recommendation follows an inquiry into an incident at an English hospital that potentially exposed patients having surgery to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) (BMJ 2002;32:1055).

    The incident occured last year in Middlesbrough. It was feared that 24 patients might have been exposed to a risk of CJD by being operated on with equipment previously used in a …

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