Tropical myeloneuropathies: The hidden endemias

Gustavo C. Román, Peter Spencer, Bruce S. Schoenberg

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1158-1170
Number of pages13
JournalNeurology
Volume35
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Malnutrition
Treponemal Infections
Lathyrism
Seychelles
Prisoners of War
Tropical Spastic Paraparesis
Vegetarian Diet
Yaws
Jamaica
West Indies
International Cooperation
Manihot
World War II
Colombia
Far East
Cyanides
Nervous System
Developing Countries
India
Health

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Román, G. C., Spencer, P., & Schoenberg, B. S. (1985). Tropical myeloneuropathies: The hidden endemias. Neurology, 35(8), 1158-1170.

Tropical myeloneuropathies : The hidden endemias. / Román, Gustavo C.; Spencer, Peter; Schoenberg, Bruce S.

In: Neurology, Vol. 35, No. 8, 1985, p. 1158-1170.

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Román, GC, Spencer, P & Schoenberg, BS 1985, 'Tropical myeloneuropathies: The hidden endemias', Neurology, vol. 35, no. 8, pp. 1158-1170.
Román GC, Spencer P, Schoenberg BS. Tropical myeloneuropathies: The hidden endemias. Neurology. 1985;35(8):1158-1170.
Román, Gustavo C. ; Spencer, Peter ; Schoenberg, Bruce S. / Tropical myeloneuropathies : The hidden endemias. In: Neurology. 1985 ; Vol. 35, No. 8. pp. 1158-1170.
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