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Acta Neurológica Colombiana

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MUNOZ ORTIZ, Natalia  and  ZAMORA, Tomás. Retarded diagnosis of myelopathy by HTLV-1, ¿are there early findings?. Acta Neurol Colomb. [online]. 2017, vol.33, n.2, pp.115-118. ISSN 0120-8748.  http://dx.doi.org/10.22379/24224022142.

A case of HTLV-I myelopathy is reported in an Afro-descendant patient in his sixth decade of life, from Popa-yán Cauca Colombia. It has not been typical symptomatology since years, but in the last months characteristic symptoms appear and it is when diagnosis of HTVL-1 is made by Elisa (9.51 positive). The disease progresses without the possibility of arrest and can only be offered analgesic management, physical therapy and comfort measures. The importance of making an early diagnosis for HTLV-1 and the need for intervention before the disease is disabling is discussed. We found two studies, one in Peru and one in Brazil, where two ways of objectively identifying early changes in seropositive patients.

Keywords : Spasticity; lymphotropic; myelopathy; paraparesis; retrovirus; (MeSH).

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