To assess the sensitivity, specificity, and interobserver reliability of periodic sharp wave complexes in the electroencephalograms of patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Sixty-eight electroencephalograms in 29 patients who had been suspected of having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease were reanalyzed by an investigator who was unaware of the clinical data. The incidence of periodic sharp wave complexes in neuropathologically confirmed Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease vs progressive dementia other than Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease was assessed. Blinded electroencephalogram analysis was performed by a second investigator. The interobserver reliability was assessed by the k value.
University hospital, base of the German National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Study.
Fifteen patients with neuropathologically confirmed Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and 14 patients who had been suspected of having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease because of rapidly progressive dementia but in whom other dementias were diagnosed by unblinded investigators based on clinical and electroencephalographic criteria.
Main Outcome Measure:
Sensitivity and specifity of periodic sharp wave complexes assessed by their incidence in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease vs other dementias. Interobserver reliability of periodic sharp wave complexes was expressed by the k value.
For periodic sharp wave complexes, blinded electroencephalographic analysis resulted in a sensitivity and a specificity of 67% and 86%, respectively. Interobserver reliability was excellent (k=0.95).
This blinded electroencephalographic study in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease confirms the high diagnostic value of electroencephalography, as previously reported by open studies.
Steinhoff BJ, Racker S, Herrendorf G, Poser S, Grosche S, Zerr I, Kretzschmar H, Weber T. Accuracy and Reliability of Periodic Sharp Wave Complexes in Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Arch Neurol. 1996;53(2):162-166. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550020074017