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Multimodality evoked potentials in HTLV-I associated myelopathy.
  1. R Kakigi,
  2. H Shibasaki,
  3. Y Kuroda,
  4. C Endo,
  5. K Oda,
  6. A Ikeda,
  7. K Hashimoto
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Saga Medical School, Japan.


    Multimodality evoked potentials (EPs) consisting of somatosensory EPs (SEPs), visual EPs (VEPs) and brainstem auditory EPs (BAEPs) were studied in 16 cases with HTLV-I associated myelopathy (HAM). Median nerve SEPs were normal in all cases. In posterior tibial nerve SEPs, the potential recorded at the 12th thoracic spinal process was normal in every case but cortical components were significantly prolonged in 10 cases, although five of these showed no sensory impairment. BAEPs were normal in every case whose hearing was intact, but VEPs were abnormal in two cases whose visual acuities were normal. The present results in HAM indicate predominant lesion in the thoracic cord, and might also suggest some subclinical lesion in the visual pathway.

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