HTLV-associated myelopathy.
Subject: HIV patients
Pub Date: 01/01/2013
Publication: Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2013 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574
Issue: Date: Jan, 2013 Source Volume: 103 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 312828749
Full Text: Tropical spastic paraparesis reflecting atrophy of the spinal cord following infection with the human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) virus is reported by Schutte et al. as just one of the neurological complications to which HIV-infected persons are prone. (5) HTLV-1-linked myelopathy is rare enough (developing in 0.25-2% of virus carriers), but in co-infected HTLV-1 and HIV patients it presents earlier and takes a more rapid course, which may reflect virus interaction and can occur at any stage of HIV-induced immunosuppression.

(5.) Schutte C-M, Townsend T, Van Coller R, Olorunju S. Comparison of HTLV-associated myelopathy (HAM) in HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients at a tertiary South African hospital. S Afr Med J 2013;103(1):43-46. []
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