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Transverse Myelitis

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  • Inflammatory damage to the spinal cord that causes loss of strength, sensation, and reflexes.
  • Can occur after viral infections such as chickenpox/zoster, Mononucleosis, Mumps, Influenza, and German measles.
  • Rarely, Lupus, and other autoimmune diseases can cause transverse myelitis.
  • Also produced by Vitamin B12 deficiency

  • Child may be unwilling or unable to bear his/her weight; less dexterity present in the hands.
  • Back pain, urine or bowel incontinence
  • Symptoms usually lead to spasticity and brisk reflexes
  • Episodes often preceded by respiratory illness, injury, or surgery.

  • Fever, hypertension, rapid heartbeat, and neck stiffness can appear
  • Abnormal tone, weakness more evident in the legs than arms
  • Normal or brisk reflexes
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • MRI of the spine, spinal tap to evaluate spinal fluid
  • Blood tests for the wide variety of virus infections and autoimmune diseases
  • Skin test for TB (PPD) and Lupus test (ANA)
  • Vitamin B12 level

  • Other treatments depend upon causes and neurologic problems.
  • Physical therapy may help regain strength and function.
  • Most patients will require care in an intensive care unit to monitor for respiratory difficulty.

  • Sixty percent of individuals recover; however, the others can have permanent weakness, with decreased sensation and decreased reflexes.

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