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Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 4167391, 3 pages
Case Report

A Corticobasal Syndrome Variant of Familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease with Stroke-Like Onset

1Department of Neurology, Zvolen Hospital, Kuzmányho nábrežie 28, 960 01 Zvolen, Slovakia
2Department of Prion Diseases, Slovak Medical University, Limbová 14, 833 03 Bratislava, Slovakia
3Department of Psychiatry, Roosevelt Hospital, Cesta k nemocnici 1, 975 56 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Received 14 August 2016; Revised 29 August 2016; Accepted 20 September 2016

Academic Editor: Pablo Mir

Copyright © 2016 Ján Necpál et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is an untreatable rare human prion disease characterized by rapidly progressive dementia along with various neurological features, including myoclonus and sometimes other movement disorders. The clinical course is typically insidious and rapid, leading to an early death. In general, the most common form is sporadic CJD; however, Slovakia is typical for a high percentage of genetic cases. We present an unusual case report of a 65-year-old man with a sudden, stroke-like onset of motor aphasia with right-sided levodopa unresponsive parkinsonism, alien hand, and other characteristic features of corticobasal syndrome (CBS), with rapid deterioration and death on the 32nd day of the disease. Various neurodegenerative disorders are manifested with CBS as a clinical phenotype, including corticobasal degeneration (CBD), progressive supranuclear palsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and CJD. In our patient, mutation E200K and M129M polymorphism of the PRNP gene and typical immunohistochemical findings pointed to a diagnosis of CJD. The patient’s mother died of CJD many years ago. Several CBS-CJD cases were described, but the atypical stroke-like onset of CBS-CJD, an extremely rare presentation of CJD, makes our case unique worldwide.