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HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis


Other Names for this Disease

  • HAM/TSP
  • Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis
  • Tropical spastic paraparesis (formerly)
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Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis?

Signs and symptoms of HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) vary but may include:[1][2]

  • Progressive weakness 
  • Stiff muscles 
  • Muscle spasms 
  • Backache
  • A 'weak' bladder 
  • Constipation

Rarely HAM/TSP may cause:[2]

  • Uveitis 
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation of the lung 
  • Polymyositis 
  • Dry eyes (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) 
  • Skin inflammation (infectious dermatitis)
Last updated: 3/16/2011

References
  1. Tropical Spastic Paraparesis/HTLV-1–Associated Myelopathy. The Merck Manuals: Online Medical Library. August 2007; http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec06/ch093/ch093j.html. Accessed 3/17/2008.
  2. Tropical Spastic Paraparesis. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. May 9, 2007; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tropical_spastic_paraparesis/tropical_spastic_paraparesis.htm. Accessed 3/17/2008.


Other Names for this Disease
  • HAM/TSP
  • Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis
  • Tropical spastic paraparesis (formerly)
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.