HIV infection and shoulder pain: a challenging case

Atalay A., Ozdemir O., Guven G., Basgoze O.

RHEUMATOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol.26, no.7, pp.680-682, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00296-005-0043-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.680-682
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


With better understanding of the pathogenesis of AIDS and the advent of anti-retroviral medications, patients with HIV are living longer and the probability that they will suffer musculoskeletal complications are increasing. There is a vast array of musculoskeletal impairments including rheumatologic, infectious, and non-infectious conditions. We report a 53-year-old man with longstanding shoulder pain, weakness, and spasticity of the upper extremity which was diagnosed as adhesive capsulitis secondary to brain abscess. Musculoskeletal problems may be complicated with neurological involvement as in our case and patients should be investigated for possible underlying life-threatening disease.