Other Names for this Disease
- Amyloidosis cerebral with spongiform encephalopathy
- Cerebellar ataxia, progressive dementia, and amyloid deposits in the central nervous system
- Encephalopathy subacute spongiform Gerstmann-Straussler type
- Gerstmann Straussler Scheinker syndrome
neurodegenerative brain disorder which causes ataxia and dementia. It is almost always inherited and is found in only a few families around the world. Onset of the disease usually occurs between the ages of 35 and 55. Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease belongs to a family of human and animal diseases known as the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases. Other TSEs include Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, kuru, and fatal familial insomnia.Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease is a
Last updated: 7/22/2013
- NINDS Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). February 13, 2007; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gss/gss.htm. Accessed 3/21/2008.
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- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers.
- The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
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- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- Brown P, Will RG, Bradley R, Asher DM, Detwiler L. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Background, Evolution and Current Concerns. Emerging Infectious Diseases. Jan-Feb 2001; 7(1).
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.