In September 1997, the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center (Prion Center) was established at the Division of Neuropathology of Case Western Reserve University to, among other functions, assist clinicians in the diagnosis of prion disease. The NPDPSC assists clinicians by analyzing cerebrospinal fluid, blood, and brain tissue.
Information about diagnostic services, protocols for various CJD testing, and specimen submission can be obtained at Prion Center http://www.cjdsurveillance.com or by contacting the director, Dr. Pierluigi Gambetti or staff at the Institute of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University, 2085 Adelbert Road, Room 419, Cleveland, Ohio 44106; Phone, 216/368-0587; Fax, 216/368-4090; E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physicians are strongly encouraged to confirm the diagnosis of CJD by arranging for an autopsy following the death of the person suspected of having CJD. This is especially important if the person had an onset at age less than 55. Please contact the center above for assistance or specimen submission.