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Med Trop (Mars). 2010 Feb;70(1):7-8.

[Acute myelitis related to hepatitis A after travel to Senegal].

[Article in French]

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Service des maladies infectieuses et tropicales, Hôpital d'instruction des armées Bégin, Saint-Mandé.


Neurological complications are rare following hepatitis A. Acute myelitis is even more uncommon. The purpose of this report is to describe a case of acute myelitis related to hepatitis A virus (HAV) in a 43-year-old-woman returning from Senegal. Diagnosis of myelitis was confirmed by spinal MRI and detection of anti-HAV Ig M antibodies in serum. The patient made a spontaneous clinical recovery in one month. Spinal MRI findings were normal at three months. Hepatitis A should be considered in the diagnostic approach to acute myelitis in returning travelers and patients living in highly endemic countries where prophylactic vaccination is unavailable.

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