HTLV‐I‐Associated tropical spastic paraparesis in martinique: A reappraisal Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Breast Implants
  • Mammaplasty
  • Surgical Flaps


  • Human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I)-associated tropical spastic paraparesis in Martinique has been identified in 54 patients, 49 women and 5 men. This myelopathy represents an endemic problem on this island and the earliest documented case dates from 1952. A blood transfusion history was obtained in 7 of the 54 patients (13%). There was a preponderance of cases from the northern Atlantic coast of Martinique, the most humid region on the island. The prevalence in this region reached 49.5 per 100,000, compared with the global prevalence of 11.9 cases per 100,000 for the island. An immune-mediated mechanism may be important in the pathogenesis of HTLV-I-associated tropical spastic paraparesis.

publication date

  • January 1988



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ana.410230731

PubMed ID

  • 2894804

Additional Document Info

start page

  • S133

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  • 5


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