Tropical myeloneuropathies: The hidden endemias Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
  • Spinal Cord Diseases

abstract

  • Tropical myeloneuropathies include tropical ataxic neuropathy and tropical spastic paraparesis. These disorders occur in geographic isolates in several developing countries and are associated with malnutrition, cyanide intoxication from cassava consumption, tropical malabsorption (TM), vegetarian diets, and lathyrism. TM-malnutrition was a probable cause of myeloneuropathies among Far East prisoners of war in World War II. Clusters of unknown etiology occur in India, Africa, the Seychelles, several Caribbean islands, Jamaica, and Colombia. Treponemal infection (yaws) could be an etiologic factor in the last two. Tropical myeloneuropathies, a serious health problem, are multifactorial conditions that provide unsurpassed opportunities for international cooperation and neurologic research.

publication date

  • January 1985

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 2991814

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1158

end page

  • 70

volume

  • 35

number

  • 8