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A high-incidence focus of tropical spastic paraparesis (TSP) occurs on the South Pacific coast of Colombia. Of 55 patients studied, 52 (94.5%) had IgG antibodies to the human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) in serum and/or cerebrospinal fluid. Control groups did not show similar high positivity. Our results suggest that HTLV-I or other(More)
The clinical syndrome earlier designated as paraparesia espástica del Pacífico is an isolated form of tropical spastic paraparesis (TSP) that was reported in 1981 in the southern Pacific lowlands of Columbia in and near Tumaco. The clinical features are similar to those of TSP reported in Jamaica, Martinique, the Seychelles, and the Ivory Coast of Africa(More)
Twelve years of experience with tubal ligation by the laparoscopic route at two highly specialized centers of female sterilization are discussed; special attention is given to the technique and results achieved. The number of intraoperative and postoperative complications was very low compared with data reported elsewhere. This article attempts to present(More)
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