A clinical neurophysiologic study of tropical spastic paraparesis

Albert C. Ludolph, Jacques Hugon, Gustavo C. Roman, Peter S. Spencer, Bruce S. Schoenberg

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During a field study in the Seychelles Islands, 19 patients with tropical spastic paraparesis (TSP) were evaluated electrophysiologically. Methods of assessment included motor and sensory nerve conduction studies, electromyography, and analysis of the somatosensory evoked potentials after stimulation of the tibial and median nerves. The results showed that the most prominent feature of the disease, a spastic paraparesis, is accompanied by subclinical involvement of spinal sensory pathways and a comparatively minor peripheral sensorimotor polyneuropathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-397
Number of pages6
JournalMuscle & Nerve
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)


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