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J Korean Neurol Assoc. 1995 Sep;13(3):682-688. Korean. Original Article.
Hong DK , Kim HJ , Ye JS , Kim OK , Heo K , Cho HK .
Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Inje University, Korea.
Abstract

Disulfiram, tetraethylthiuram disulfide, has been used in the clinical treatment of alcoholism since 1948. Aside from the manifestations of a disulfiram-alcohol reaction, disulfiram causes direct toxic side effects including psychiatric, cardiovascular, hematologic and neurologic disorders. The most frequent neurologic side effects are drowsiness, apathy, headache, decreased sexual potency, neuropathy, and optic neuritis. We describe a 26-year-old man who insidiously developed a distal synunetric sensorimotor polyneuropathy after seven years of disulfiram ingestion confirmed by nerve biopsy. He showed nearly complete resolution after the disulfiram was stopped.

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