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Dermatological Findings of Human T Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 (HTLV-I)-Associated Myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis

Maria E. R Lenzi, Tullia Cuzzi-Maya, André L. A. Oliveira, Maria J. Andrada-Serpa and Abelardo Q. -C. Araújo

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 36, issue 4, pages 507-513
Published in print February 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/367572
Dermatological Findings of Human T Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 (HTLV-I)-Associated Myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis

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Dermatological findings for patients with human T lymphotropic virus type 1(HTLV-I)–associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) were investigated and were compared with dermatological findings for a control group. Only xerosis, cutaneous candidiasis, and palmar erythema were significantly associated with HAM/TSP. Histopathological patterns of cutaneous lymphoma were seen in 25% of 32 patients who underwent biopsy, and, thus, the cutaneous alterations in HAM/TSP can be classified into nonspecific lesions, infectious lesions, immune-inflammatory—mediated lesions, and premalignant or malignant lesions.

Journal Article.  2989 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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