Oct 31, 2000
My neurologist says I might have "myelopathy" instead of neuropathy. What does this mean?
Response from Dr. Henry
The use of the term myelopathy implies a disease occurring at the level of the spinal cord (versus the peripheral nerve=neuropathy). In the setting of HIV infection the most common causes of myelopathy are HIV itself and CMV infection. The types of problems seen are different for the two disorders but it can be a challenge to sort out. Being under the care of an experienced HIV neurologist and HIV specialist working together is ideal. KH
Keith Henry, M.D.
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