Michelle Kvalsund, D.O. publishes research in the Journal of Neurological Sciences

A recent study by Dr. Michelle Kvalsund has been published in May 2018 Journal of Neurological Sciences (Vol. 388, pp. 61-69) entitled, “Factors associated with Distal Symmetric Polyneuropathies in Adult Zambians: A cross-sectional, observational study of the role of HIV, non-antiretroviral medication exposures, and nutrition.”

 

The study found that modifiable risk factors such as poor diet and use of non-antiretroviral drugs are associated with the presence of neuropathy in HIV patients.

Highlights 

  • Peripheral neuropathy is common in HIV+ and HIV negative Zambian outpatients.
  • Presence of an asymptomatic neuropathy sign is common, especially in rural Zambia.
  • Modifiable dietary and medication exposures are associated with HIV neuropathy.
  • In HIV negative participants, age and education are associated with neuropathy.
  • Nutritional deficiencies are frequent, but diabetes is rare among neuropathy cases.

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