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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2011 Apr;69(2A):208-11.

Implications of HAM/TSP functional incapacity in the quality of life.

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Neuroinfection Clinic, Gaffrée e Guinle Hospital, University of State of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.



To identify the functional status and quality of life of HAM/TSP patients.


We evaluated prospectively 30 HAM/TSP patients (20 females) seen in the Neuroinfection Clinic of the HUGG. The functional capacity was analyzed by the functional independence measure (FIM), the expanded disability status (EDSS) scale and the Osame's motor disability score (OMDS). The quality of life was assessed by the Short-Form Health Survey 36 (SF-36)TM.


All patients need assistance device. The FIM, OMDS and EDSS scores classified 70%, 67% and 67% of the patients as dependent, respectively. The lowest scores of the SF-36 survey were found in the domains related to the physical health (D1, D2), role-emotional functioning (D7) and social functioning (D6).


Our data suggest that the HAM/TSP physical impairment has an impact in the emotional and social issues, considering the limitation in the daily activities.

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