[Acute myelitis related to hepatitis A after travel to Senegal]

Med Trop (Mars). 2010 Feb;70(1):7-8.
[Article in French]


Neurological complications are rare following hepatitis A. Acute myelitis is even more uncommon. The purpose of this report is to describe a case of acute myelitis related to hepatitis A virus (HAV) in a 43-year-old-woman returning from Senegal. Diagnosis of myelitis was confirmed by spinal MRI and detection of anti-HAV Ig M antibodies in serum. The patient made a spontaneous clinical recovery in one month. Spinal MRI findings were normal at three months. Hepatitis A should be considered in the diagnostic approach to acute myelitis in returning travelers and patients living in highly endemic countries where prophylactic vaccination is unavailable.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Endemic Diseases
  • Female
  • Hepatitis A / complications*
  • Hepatitis A / diagnosis
  • Hepatitis A / immunology
  • Hepatitis A Antibodies / blood
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin M / blood
  • Myelitis / diagnosis*
  • Myelitis / virology*
  • Senegal
  • Travel*


  • Hepatitis A Antibodies
  • Immunoglobulin M