sCJD can be easily confused

Reviewing records of 97 patients with sCJD seen over more than six years at a tertiary referral centre, US researchers found they had received a combined total of 373 diagnoses including infectious and autoimmune diseases.

The average time from onset to diagnosis was nearly eight months, they found.

“In any patient with a rapidly progressive dementia who has been given multiple potential diagnoses, sCJD must be considered,” the authors said.

Arch Neurol 2012; online 24 Sept