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, et al. Spastic Paraparesis and Dual Exposure to Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type I and Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type IV. Ann Intern Med. 1987;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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