J. HUGON, M.D.; M. DUMAS, M.D.; J. M. VALLAT, M.D.; F. DENIS, M.D.; M. PlQUEMAL, M.D.; C. GIORDANO, M.D.; F. BARIN, M.D.
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To the editor: Infection with human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) has been associated with adult T-cell leukemia-lymphoma and, more recently, with tropical spastic paraparesis (1). A new retrovirus (HTLV-IV) similar to that known as simian T-lymphotropic virus type III has been isolated in apparently healthy people in Senegal (2). We report the case of a West-African patient with progressive spastic paraplegia and dual exposure to HTLV-I and HTLV-IV.
A 32-year-old black man born in the western part of Ivory Coast and living in Abidjan had a neurologic examination in June 1985 to determine the cause of progressive difficulty in
HUGON J, DUMAS M, VALLAT JM, DENIS F, PlQUEMAL M, GIORDANO C, et al. Spastic Paraparesis and Dual Exposure to Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type I and Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type IV. Ann Intern Med. ;107:111. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-1-111_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(1):111.
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