Further evidence points to a theoretical risk of Alzheimer’s Disease being potentially transmissible during surgical procedures, in the manner of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
New clues that Alzheimer’s may have been spread during surgery. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, January 27th 2016.
This relates to:
Frontzek, K. Lutz, MI. [and] Aguzzi, A. [et al] (2016). Amyloid-β pathology and cerebral amyloid angiopathy are frequent in iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease after dural grafting. Swiss Medical Weekly, January 26th 2016, Vol.146, w14287. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
An older, related, appraisal of similar news:
Alzheimer’s ‘seeds’ found in seven CJD victims’ brains. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, September 10th 2015.