Quantitative assessment of spasticity in human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis

Joseph R. Zunt, S. M. Montano, Jorge Odon Alarcon Villaverde, W. T. Longstreth, R. Price, K. K. Holmes

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Abstract

People with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) develop spasticity. The authors examined 34 patients with HAM/TSP in Perú using a device that measures tone in the gastroc-soleus-Achilles tendon unit and provides a quantitative spasticity assessment (QSA). Tone in the 34 patients was more than double that of women with asymptomatic HTLV-I infection. The device may help to track progression in HTLV-I infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-73
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of NeuroVirology
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HTLV-I
  • Myelopathy
  • Spasticity

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