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Subject: Re: MCG takes surgical precautions due to CJD MEDICAL/SURGICAL MISHAP (proper TSE surgical procedures NOT followed)
Date: January 13, 2005 at 2:47 pm PST

In Reply to: MCG takes surgical precautions due to CJD MEDICAL/SURGICAL MISHAP (proper TSE surgical procedures NOT followed) posted by TSS on January 13, 2005 at 9:07 am:

Hospital confirms biopsy patient did not have human form of mad cow disease

Associated Press
Published on: 01/13/05

AUGUSTA — A brain biopsy patient whose surgery led to the cancellation of 46 surgeries at the Medical College of Georgia hospital because of contamination fears did not have a potentially lethal and contagious brain disease, officials said Thursday.

Instead of having Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the brain disease that resembles the human form of mad cow disease, the patient had a condition in which the body's immune system attacks the brain and causes inflammation.

The hospital canceled surgeries on Monday and Tuesday after surgical instruments used in the patient's Jan. 6 biopsy underwent a special sterilization process, but other instruments not used in the biopsy improperly were sterilized under normal procedures.

The special process is used to prevent possible contamination of the instruments with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, also known as CJD, a neurodegenerative illness that is nearly always fatal but very rare, as it affects about one in a million people each year worldwide.

CJD is different than the new variant form of the disease, known as vCJD, believed caused by consuming meat from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow disease."

The investigation is ongoing and disciplinary measures, if any, are being determined, said hospital spokeswoman Deborah Humphrey.

In October, Emory University Hospital sent out an alert that 500 patients may have been exposed to CJD because of improperly sterilized surgical instruments that once had been used on a CJD patient.

Emory officials said then that had it known the patient had CJD, much stricter sterilization procedures would have been carried out for surgeries performed on those patients...TSS

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