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Health written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Labour, Wythenshawe and Sale East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many cases the presence of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease has been evident in biopsies carried out following the death of a patient with haemophilia in the last 20 years.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Abnormal prion protein associated with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease has been found in a single spleen sample taken from one haemophilia patient at post mortem. Details can be found in “Peden A, McCardle L, Head MW et al. Variant CJD infection in the spleen of a neurologically asymptomatic UK adult patient with haemophilia.” Haemophilia 2010; 16: 296-304. The journal Haemophilia is available on line at:

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