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Nihon Hinyokika Gakkai Zasshi. 1992 Dec;83(12):2058-61.

[Urinary disturbance due to HTLV-1 associated myelopathy].

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Department of Urology, Kumamoto University Medical School.


Patients with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 associated myelopathy (HAM) have complaints of urinary disturbance frequently. Symptoms and urodynamic examinations were evaluated in untreated twenty-one patients with HAM. Although two cases (11%) had no urinary symptom, nineteen cases (89%) suffered from dysuria, pollakisuria, incontinence or urgency. The combination of irritative and obstructive urinary disturbance was a characteristic symptom in the HAM patients. In three cases the urinary symptoms preceded the gait disturbance which is a main symptom of HAM. In urodynamic study overactive bladder was found in fourteen cases (66%), although three cases (15%) showed underactive or acontractile bladder with disturbance of urinary sensation. There was no abnormal finding by urethral pressure profile (UPP), but detrusor sphincter dyssynergia (DSD) was revealed frequently by EMG. This typical dysfunction of the HAM patients was thought to be caused by destruction of the lateral column of the spinal cord.

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