Disorders of peripheral nerves associated with HIV infection
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
The clinician with interest in neuromuscular disease must become familiar with the clinical manifestations of HIV infection. It is important to realize that not everyone who is infected with HIV will develop clinical AIDS. This includes patients with clinical manifestations related to HIV infection, for example, neuropathy. Thus, if treatment is successful, patients can continue a normal life. HIV infection should be considered in almost any neuromuscular syndrome, especially neuropathies with features of demyelination, which may be the first manifestation of HIV infection. Plasmapheresis may be the treatment of choice for these disorders. Steroids should be used with caution. AZT seems to be a promising new agent to combat AIDS.