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Tropical ataxic neuropathy in Liberians.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2175467     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Tropical ataxic neuropathy (TAN) is reported for the first time from Liberia. It occurred in 2 women, within the child-bearing age from the same family in Sinoe County, Liberia. The family's diet consisted of rice and cassava derivatives. The diagnosis of this condition was made on clinical grounds. The patients had the classical features of this syndrome: bilateral primary optic atrophy, bilateral perceptive deafness, myelopathy and peripheral neuropathy. In Nigeria, chronic cyanide intoxication from cassava derivatives is the etiologic factor. In Liberia the cause is unknown but considering the similarities between the cases reported here and those reported from Nigeria, the etiologic factor operating in both countries may be the same.
J Njoh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical and geographical medicine     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0041-3232     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop Geogr Med     Publication Date:  1990 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-01-31     Completed Date:  1991-01-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376231     Medline TA:  Trop Geogr Med     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  92-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, John F. Kennedy Medical Centre, Monrovia, Liberia.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Hearing Loss*
Manihot / poisoning
Optic Atrophy*
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases*

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