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Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome

noun Gerst·mann-Sträuss·ler-Schein·ker syndrome \ ˈgerst-mən-ˈs(h)trȯis-lər-ˈshīŋ-kər- \
variants: or Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease or Gerstmann-Sträussler syndrome

medical Definition of Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome

: any of several rare fatal prion diseases that are inherited as autosomal dominant traits and are marked by progressive cognitive and motor impairment and by the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain called also Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease, Gerstmann-Sträussler syndrome

Biographical Note for gerstmann-sträussler-scheinker syndrome

  • Sträussler, Ernst (1872-1959), and Scheinker, I. Austrian physicians. Sträussler and Scheinker were coauthors of an article published in 1936 by Gerstmann that offered the first description of the form of encephalopathy that now bears the names of all three.

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