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AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2006 Oct;22(10):931-5.

Proposal for diagnostic criteria of tropical spastic paraparesis/HTLV-I-associated myelopathy (TSP/HAM).

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Departamento de Fisiologia e Farmacologia, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Rodolfo Teófilo, 60430-270, Fortaleza-CE, Brazil.

Abstract

After the first description of TSP/HAM in 1985 and the elaboration of WHO's diagnostic criteria in 1988, the experience of the professionals in this field has increased so that a critical reappraisal of these diagnostic guidelines was considered timely. Brazilian neurologists and observers from other countries met recently to discuss and propose a modified model for diagnosing TSP/HAM with levels of ascertainment as definite, probable, and possible, according to myelopathic symptoms, serological findings, and/or detection of HTLV-I DNA and exclusion of other disorders.

PMID:
17067261
DOI:
10.1089/aid.2006.22.931
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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