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Kuru MeSH Descriptor Data 2022


MeSH Heading
Kuru
Tree Number(s)
C01.207.800.435
C10.228.228.800.435
C10.574.843.625
Unique ID
D007729
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D007729
Annotation
do not confuse with KORO, a depersonalization disord
Scope Note
A prion disease found exclusively among the Fore linguistic group natives of the highlands of NEW GUINEA. The illness is primarily restricted to adult females and children of both sexes. It is marked by the subacute onset of tremor and ataxia followed by motor weakness and incontinence. Death occurs within 3-6 months of disease onset. The condition is associated with ritual cannibalism, and has become rare since this practice has been discontinued. Pathologic features include a noninflammatory loss of neurons that is most prominent in the cerebellum, glial proliferation, and amyloid plaques. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p773)
Entry Term(s)
Encephalopathy, Kuru
Kuru Encephalopathy
NLM Classification #
WL 301
Date Established
1966/01/01
Date of Entry
1999/01/01
Revision Date
2019/06/17
Kuru Preferred
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