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Prions NOT Found in Just Central Nervous System Tissue

(Nov. 2003):

In patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, pathologic disease-associated prion protein (PrP(Sc)) has been identified only in the central nervous system and olfactory-nerve tissue.

We search[ed] for PrP(Sc)) in extraneural organs of 36 patients with sporadic CJD who died between 1996 and 2002. Results: PrP(Sc)) was present in the brain tissue of all patients. In addition, we found PrP(Sc)) in 10 of 28 spleen specimens and in 8 of 32 skeletal-muscle samples. Three patients had PrP(Sc)) in both spleen and muscle specimens. ...we identified extraneural deposition of PrP(Sc)) in spleen and muscle samples from approximately one third of patients who died with sporadic CJD. Extraneural PrP(Sc)) appears to correlate with a long duration of disease."

[From abstract: N Engl J Med 2003;349: 1812-20]

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