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Between 1990 to 1994, 6 TSP/HAM patients, 3 women and 3 men with an average age of 57.1 years (39 to 76 years old), who died in the Salvador Hospital were submitted to postmortem examination. The mean time of paraparesis was 7 years (3 to 17 years), and 2 patients had pseudobulbar signs. Three cases had macroscopic atrophy of the spinal cord.(More)
A prospective study was carried out on 48 patients with HTLV I associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) to assess the association between this entity and Sjögren's syndrome. Fourteen patients (29.1%) had chronic dacryosialadenitis confirmed by a positive Schirmer's test and salivary gland biopsy. None of these patients had evidence of(More)
We performed a comprehensive clinical and neurophysiological evaluation of function of the large- and small-caliber afferent pathways in 29 patients with HTLV-I-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). Sensory symptoms, particularly cutaneous paresthesias, were present in 11 (37.9%) patients. On examination, a mild distal impairment of(More)
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