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What's acute transverse myelitis?

Acute transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord, which damages or destroys myelin, the fatty insulating substance that covers nerve cells fibers. This results in scarring, which interrupts communications between the nerves in the spinal cord and the rest of the body. Acute transverse myelitis usually begins with sudden back pain, followed by numbness and muscle weakness that start in the feet and move upward. Commonly, a beltlike tightness is felt around the chest or stomach at the level affected by the myelitis. People may have difficulty urinating. These effects may worsen over several hours or several days and may become severe, resulting in paralysis, loss of sensation, and loss of bladder and bowel control. The degree of disability depends on the location (level) of the inflammation in the spinal cord and the severity of the inflammation.

More information on transverse myelitis

What's transverse myelitis? - Transverse myelitis (TM) is an uncommon neurological syndrome caused by inflammation of the spinal cord, characterized by weakness, back pain, and bowel and bladder problems.
What's acute transverse myelitis? - Acute transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord, the fatty insulating substance that covers nerve cells fibers.
What causes transverse myelitis? - Transverse myelitis may be caused by viral infections, spinal cord injuries, immune disorders or insufficient blood flow through the blood vessels in the spinal cord.
What're the symptoms of transverse myelitis? - Transverse myelitis can cause low back pain, spinal cord dysfunction, muscle spasms, headache, loss of appetite, and numbness or tingling in the legs.
How is transverse myelitis diagnosed? - A doctor will suspect transverse myelitis in any patient with a rapid onset of paralysis. Blood tests may be performed.
What's the treatment for transverse myelitis? - There is no specific treatment for transverse myelitis. The standard treatment is with high doses of corticosteroids. Another promising therapy is plasma exchange.
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