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CASE REPORT
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 178-181

Human T-Cell Virus-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis: A case report


Department of Medicine University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital PMB 1414 Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria

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Y W Nyandaiti
Department of Medicine University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital PMB 1414 Maiduguri, Borno State
Nigeria
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Human T-cell virus-1 associated myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis is a chronic progressive neurological disorder with dominant features affecting the pyramidal tract and posterior column. It has of recent been unequivocally linked to a viral infection, Human Lymphotropic T Virus infection is estimated to infect about 10-20million people worldwide. Its geographical distribution varies with area of high prevalence in the Caribbean, southern Japan and Africa. Human T-cell lymphtropic virus-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis is more common in the tropics and present as a non-compressive, slowly progressive symmetrical paraparesis of the lower extremities with signs of pyramidal tract involvement. We reviewed the clinical features and the management of two cases of Human T-cell lymphtropic virus-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis. A literature review of Human T-Cell virus-1 associated myelopathy / tropical spastic paraparesis.


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