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Coexistence of movement disorders and epilepsia partialis continua as the initial signs in probable Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease



Movement disorders and epilepsy rarely occur in the early stage of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) but have not been reported concurrently. We report on a 47-year-old patient with probable CJD who presented with generalized chorea and focal dystonia with myoclonic jerks on the right hand. Myoclonic jerks progressed to epilepsia partialis continua within 5 days of admission to the hospital. The diagnosis of our patient was compatible with probable CJD on the basis of clinical course, electroencephalogram, and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging findings, and presence of 14-3-3 protein in cerebrospinal fluid. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a case developing both movement disorders and epilepsia partialis continua in the early stage of the disease. © 2005 Movement Disorder Society

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