The Approach to the Patient With HIV With Specific Symptom Complexes/Common Presentations

  • Author: Steven C. Johnson, MD (More Info)
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 10/31/21 (What's New)


  • HIV can cause a distal, symmetric sensory polyneuropathy
  • Focal neuropathies are more commonly related to focal nerve damage seen with anatomic changes of degenerative disc disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other nerve impingement syndromes
  • Postherpetic neuralgia can be a debilitating cause of chronic pain following herpes zoster infection

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