DONALD C. DOLL, M.D.; JOHN W. YARBRO, M.D., Ph.D.
To the editor: Neurologic complications are frequent in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and may be caused by many factors, including infections, neoplasms, or direct involvement of the nervous system with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (1-4). Among infectious agents, Toxoplasma gondii, Cryptococcus neoformans, herpes simplex virus, Candida albicans, and papovavirus have been predominant (1). Lately, infections of the central nervous system by Mycobacterium tuberculosis have been reported (5). We report here a case of epidural spinal cord abscess caused by a mycobacterium in a homosexual man who presented with a rapidly progressive ascending polyneuropathy.
A 44-year-old-white homosexual
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DOLL DC, YARBRO JW. Mycobacterial Spinal Cord Abscess with an Ascending Polyneuropathy. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:333-334. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-2-333_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(2):333-334.
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