• Thirty-six patients with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I)—associated myelopathy were studied by electroencephalogram. Twenty-two of 36 patients showed mild to moderate electroencephalographic abnormalities, ranging from poor organization or slowing of the background activity to theta bursts and/ or spikes. None of these abnormalities were considered specific for HTLV-I—associated myelopathy. These electroencephalographic abnormalities had no apparent relationship to duration or severity of illness, nor to HTLV-I antibody titers in the cerebrospinal fluid. We document electroencephalographic changes in HTLV-I—associated myelopathy. Our data are consistent with previous reports describing the fact that involvement of regions above the spinal cord may exist in HTLV-I—associated myelopathy.
Yonenaga Y, Arimura K, Suehara M, Arimura Y, Osame M. Electroencephalographic Abnormalities in Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus Type I-Associated Myelopathy. Arch Neurol. 1989;46(5):513–516. doi:10.1001/archneur.1989.00520410047022
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