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Comments, Opinions, and Brief Case Reports
June 25, 2001

Primary Cerebellar Degeneration and HIV

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(12):1555-1556. doi:

Cerebellar degeneration associated with human immunodeficiency (HIV) infection in the absence of cognitive impairment is exceedingly rare. To date, this association has been the subject of a few reports, representing mostly anecdotal findings. A causative association has been postulated, although significant debate continues over whether or not cerebellar degeneration is actually a complication of HIV infection. We describe an HIV-positive patient with subacute cerebellar syndrome in the absence of any cognitive impairment or alternative cause of cerebellar degeneration.

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