CMV polyradiculopathy

This well-recognised syndrome presents over a period of days with back pain followed by the development of a progressive flaccid weakness of the legs with sensory loss and sphincter disturbance. Imaging studies which are essential to exclude compressive lesions due to, for example, lymphoma are normal or may show thickened nerve roots. The CSF shows a characteristic neutrophil pleocytosis which is unusual in a viral infection. Without treatment there is a progression of the neurological deficits, with death in 2 or 3 months.

Figure 8.4 Haemorrhagic retinitis due to cytomegalovirus
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