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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Date: May 2011


A definite diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease by a Consultant Neurologist. There must be permanent clinical loss of the ability to do all of the following:

  • remember;
  • reason; and
  • perceive, understand, express and give effect to ideas.

For the above definition, the following is not covered:

  • other types of dementia (these are covered under the dementia definition)

No change since April 2007


What does this mean?

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a degenerative organic brain disease which may be inherited or acquired. There is a progressive degeneration of the nerve cells of the central nervous system which will result in defective muscular control and dementia. There is no cure.

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