Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is marked by rapid mental deterioration, usually within a few months. Initial signs and symptoms of CJD typically include:

  • Personality changes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired thinking
  • Blurred vision
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sudden, jerky movements
The major difficulty in diagnosing CJD is that there is no one typical path the disease process takes. CJD has a multitude of possible symptoms and what one patient may experience at the beginning of the process, another patient may not experience at all. Each form of CJD may present differently.
Please go to the CJD Pamphlet for accurate information about the various symptoms. A list of common symptoms can be found on the following pages in the pamphlet:
page 7 Sporadic CJD
page 11 Familial CJD
page 13 Iatrogenic CJD
page 15 Variant CJD
Please keep in mind that CJD can be present with symptoms not listed in the pamphlet. A physician must be consulted for a diagnosis and symptom management.