AIDS Neurological Complications

AIDS is primarily an immune system disorder caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but it can also affect the nervous system. HIV does not appear to directly invade nerve cells but it jeopardizes their health and function, causing symptoms ...1

... More on AIDS Neurological Complications »

Causes of AIDS Neurological Complications

How does AIDS affect the nervous system? The virus does not appear to directly invade nerve cells but it jeopardizes their health and function. The resulting inflammation may damage the brain and spinal cord and cause symptoms such as confusion ...2

... More Causes of AIDS Neurological Complications »

Types of AIDS Neurological Complications

Among the most common neurological complications are:

... More Types of AIDS Neurological Complications »

Diagnosis of AIDS Neurological Complications

How are these disorders diagnosed?* Based on the results of the individual's medical history and a general physical exam, the physician will conduct a thorough neurological exam to assess various functions: motor and sensory skills, nerve function, hearing and speech ...3

... More on Diagnosis of AIDS Neurological Complications »

Treatments: AIDS Neurological Complications

Is there any treatment? No single treatment can cure the neurological complications of AIDS. Some disorders require aggressive therapy while others are treated symptomatically. Medicines range from analgesics sold over the counter to antiepileptic drugs, opiates, corticosteroids, and some classes ...4

... More Treatment Information for AIDS Neurological Complications »

Research for AIDS Neurological Complications

What research is being done? Within the Federal government, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), one part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports research on the neurological consequences of AIDS. The NINDS works closely with ...5

... More on Research for AIDS Neurological Complications »

Symptoms

See also related disorder symptom information:

Genetics

See also genetics of related diseases:

Similar Topic Articles



   •   •   •

References

  1. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ aids/ aids.htm
  2. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ aids/ detail_aids.htm
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ aids/ aids.htm
  5. ibid.

   •   •   •

Note: This site is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. See your doctor or other qualified medical professional for all your medical needs.