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Hiv And White Matter In Brain

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Abnormal Brain MRI - no symptoms

I am asymptomatic and undetectable for 10 years, never sick. I had a brain MRI for headaches, and was told I have "diffuse severe white matter changes" which could be MS or other chronic disease. I don't have MS, and I have no neuro symptoms. Can...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...disease but reflect a variety of normal. HIV itself can cause abnormalities on MRI scans. HIV usually causes changes in the "white matter" of the brain. The "white matter" contains the connections between the brain cells (like the wiring of... Read more »

PML of the brain (PML, 2009)

My best friend just started having seizures about 5 months ago, the first time, he was taken by... Read more »

Psycological response to longterm HIV diagnosis?

I read a most interesting and self confirming article in the May/June Issue of PA (Positively... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV and the Brain

...loss of the insulation around neuron axons. It typically affects multiple localized (focal) areas, usually in the subcortical white matter. Symptoms vary depending on which parts of the brain are affected, and may include progressive motor... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy (PML)

...Encephalopathy is a disease of the brain. "Leuco-" (or "leuko") means pale or white. Leucoencephalopathy is a disease of the white matter of the brain. "Progressive" means that this disease gets worse in a short time. "Multifocal" means that it... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Meth Use, HIV Infection Linked to Changes in Brain Structure That Can Impair Cognitive Functions, Study Says

... Methamphetamine use and HIV infection might significantly alter the size of a person's brain structure, leading to cognitive function impairments such as difficulties learning or processing information, according to a study published Read more »
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Posted by jrob123, 1 Reply
Where are you my friend? hope you are well. Read more »

Teacher faked brain tumor! What if it were HIV?

Posted by bartleby, 2 Replies
...did you guys hear about this woman, a Pennsylvania teacher, who faked having a brain tumor to get off of work. she did it for ten years! and finally admitted to faking. that is such a shameful thing to do. i Read more »

HIV and the brain - update

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
...Gelbard's team discovered that it's Tat's effects on the ryanodine receptor that cause an "unfolded protein response" seen in the brains of HIV patients. Shape is everything for proteins, and they're nearly always useless or harmful when they are... Read more »

HIV May Damage Brain Tissue

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
...California-Los Angeles, and colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh used a 3D magnetic resonance imaging technique on the brains of 26 people diagnosed with AIDS and 14 HIV-negative people. The researchers found that the brain tissue of AIDS... Read more »