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2020 Apr 29

J Neurovirol

Acupuncture in the treatment of HTLV-I-associated myelopathy / tropical spastic Paraparesis.


Shoeibi A, Mojtabavi SJ, Boostani R, Sheikh Andalibi M S, Rafatpanah H, Etemadi M, Poursina Z, Ghahremani A
J Neurovirol. 2020 Apr 29.
PMID: 32350814.


We investigate the possible effects of acupuncture on the improvement of neurological problems in HTLV-I-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP)disease. Twenty patients with HAM/TSP were studied in this pre and post-test clinical trial. Urinary incontinence, global motor disability, spasticity, and pain severity were evaluated before, one month, and three-month after the intervention. Analyses demonstrated a significant reduction of urinary symptoms one month after acupuncture (P = 0.023). A significant improvement was observed in patients' pain and the spasticity at the upper extremity joints, one and three-month after the intervention (P < 0.05). This study suggests that body acupuncture can be used as a complementary treatment to improve HAM/TSP neurological symptoms.