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Acta Neurol Scand. 2003 Feb;107(2):122-4.

HHV-6 DNAaemia in patients with multiple sclerosis in Kuwait.

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Division of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kuwait, Safat, Kuwait. suhail@hsc.kuniv.edu.kw

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the presence of active human herpesvirus type-6 (HHV-6) infection indicated by the presence of HHV-6 DNA in serum (DNAaemia) in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) in Kuwait.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Sera from 24 patients with MS (18 relapsing-remitting, six secondary progressive disease), control sera from 13 patients suffering from other neurological diseases and sera from 20 healthy volunteers were examined for the presence of HHV-6 DNA by nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

RESULTS:

None of the MS patients, nor patient controls were positive for HHV-6 DNAaemia while, one of the normal healthy controls was positive for HHV-6 DNAaemia.

CONCLUSION:

HHV-6 DNAaemia, indicating active HHV-6 infection could not be demonstrated in a sample of Kuwaiti patients suffering from active clinically definite MS. There is no evidence to incriminate this virus in the pathogenesis of MS in Kuwait.

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