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Relationship of a Degenerative Tropical Neuropathy to Diet: Report of a Field Survey

Br Med J 1969; 1 doi: (Published 01 March 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:547
  1. B. O. Osuntokun,
  2. G. L. Monekosso,
  3. J. Wilson


    A survey of neurological abnormalities in two Nigerian villages preselected for their differing consumption of cassava has shown that a degenerative neuropathy occurs with relatively high frequency in the village (Ososa) where cassava consumption was high.

    It is suggested that eating cassava results in exposure to cyanide, as shown by a raised plasma thiocyanate level, and that the latter, together with other factors, may contribute to the pathogenesis of “tropical neuropathy.”