Rehabilitation of neurologic disability related to human immunodeficiency virus

James A. Sliwa*, Joanne C. Smith

*Corresponding author for this work

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Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is globally fatal; before death, it often causes a multitude of medical complications leading to significant physical impairment and functional loss. Specifically, the neuropathology associated with AIDS can be diverse, and it ranges from inconsequential cerebrovascular insults to rapidly progressive neuronosis. Moreover, physical impairments may present any time during the course of the disease and even before knowledge of seropositivity. We present three patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), each with a different form of neuropathology, who were treated by rehabilitative services and who gained resonable functional benefits within moderate time periods. The growing number of HIV-infected persons with physical debilitation mandates a rational, knowledgeable approach to rehabilitation intervention. This article highlights the importance of a thorough understanding of the neurologic complications of AIDS in setting realistic goals and in improving the quality of life for these individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-762
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 1991


  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV)
  • Neuropathies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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