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How can bloodwork help to diagnose transverse myelitis?

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Your doctor will test your blood for signs of illnesses with similar symptoms, like lupus, HIV, or another form of myelitis. He'll try to find out if transverse myelitis is a sign of a related illness, like MS.

From: What Is Transverse Myelitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Transverse myelitis: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Transverse myelitis: Symptoms & causes,” "Transverse Myelitis."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Transverse Myelitis Fact Sheet.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Transverse Myelitis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Transverse Myelitis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What Is Transverse Myelitis?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Transverse myelitis: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Transverse myelitis: Symptoms & causes,” "Transverse Myelitis."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Transverse Myelitis Fact Sheet.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Transverse Myelitis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Transverse Myelitis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What Is Transverse Myelitis?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

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