Comorbid HIV encephalopathy and cocaine use as a risk factor for new-onset seizure disorders.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Patients living with human immunodeficiency virus represent a growing population, and an increased number of central nervous system presentations can be expected over the next decade. Emerging data suggests that both HIV-seropositive patients and cocaine-abusing patients may be at special risk of seizure phenomena. This case report discusses the risks of new-onset seizure activity when these two risk factors converge, which is a common occurrence in this population. Data from the fields of neuroanatomy and neurovirology are presented to explain the heightened risk of this patient population and provide the practitioner with an improved understanding of the central nervous system complexities in HIV.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kenedi, CA; Joynt, KE; Goforth, HW

Published Date

  • March 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 230 - 234

PubMed ID

  • 18323757

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1092-8529

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s1092852900028480


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States