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
Dealing With Back Pain

Dealing With Back Pain

Deal With Your Pain, Lead A Wonderful Life An Live Like A 'Normal' Person. Before I really start telling you anything about me or finding out anything about you, I want you to know that I sympathize with you. Not only is it one of the most painful experiences to have backpain. Not only is it the number one excuse for employees not coming into work. But perhaps just as significantly, it is something that I suffered from for years.

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