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Human T-cell Leukaemia/Lymphoma Virus Type-1 Associated Myeloneuropathies – A Caribbean Perspective

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This review follows the contributions of researchers from the Caribbean in improving the understanding of the disease mechanisms, clinical features and aetiology of neurological syndromes manifesting as diseases of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The evolution from the initial descriptions of neuropathies of presumed nutritional aetiology and later the recognition of two distinct subgroups, an ataxic neuropathy and a spastic myelopathy, are highlighted. The link between the natural history of human T-cell leukaemia/lymphoma virus type-1 (HTLV-1) infection and the immunopathogenesis of tropical spastic paraparesis is explored.

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e-Published: 21 Aug, 2013
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