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March 2004

Mimicry of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease by Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Importance of the Pulvinar Sign

Arch Neurol. 2004;61(3):445-446. doi:10.1001/archneur.61.3.445

We read with great interest the article by Martindale et al1 about a young woman with biopsy-confirmed sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) clinically mimicking variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). This observation certainly underlines some unusual aspects of the clinical range of sCJD, especially regarding young age at onset, disease duration, and prominence of psychiatric symptoms at the beginning of the illness.

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