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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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VILLAFRUELA MATEOS, Ainara et al. HTLV infection after renal transplant. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2005, vol.58, n.10, pp.1064-1068. ISSN 0004-0614.

OBJECTIVES: We report the first two cases of HTLV-1 infection after a renal transplant appearing in our country and their outcomes. METHODS: We describe the cases of two transplant patients who developed subacute myelopathy, known as Tropical Spastic Paraparesis, secondary to HTLV-I infection and review their evolution. RESULTS: Both cases show a great disability today, being one of them dependent for his daily life. CONCLUSIONS: We believe that HTLV-I detection is necessary in all donors by indirect (ELISA) or direct (PCR) techniques due to its symptomless evolution in the transplant patient on the one hand, and the growing immigrant population in our country which associates an increase in the number of asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

Keywords : HTLV-I; Infection; Renal transplant.

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