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Resistant Tremors and Unexplained Weight Loss Could Also Be a Sign of HIV

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This case study is done to show a different type of presentation of a HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) patient. Neurological symptoms in HIV are normally due to Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) which is a reactivated infection caused by John Cunningham virus (JC virus). The disease causes fatal demyelination of the central nervous system (CNS). This case presented a 51-year-old Nigerian man who complained of resistant tremors and unexplained weight loss. The patient was suspected to have HIV when a MRI scan revealed T2/FLAIR hyper intensity of white matter which was a sign of PML. HIV ELISA was done and came back with a positive result. PML presenting in the form of tremors is very rare and more research is required to focus on the neurological presentation of HIV.

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Hamdy Ibrahim, M. , Kumar, S. , Sirsat, J. , Khalid, M. and Kumar, K. (2015) Resistant Tremors and Unexplained Weight Loss Could Also Be a Sign of HIV. Neuroscience and Medicine, 6, 81-83. doi: 10.4236/nm.2015.63014.

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