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What is transverse myelitis?

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Transverse myelitis is a disorder of the spinal cord. It can cause symptoms in many places in your body, depending on where you lose myelin on your spinal cord. You might get the condition as a symptom of neuromyelitis optica. It also makes you more likely to be diagnosed with MS later on. Doctors diagnose about 1,400 new cases of transverse myelitis each year.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is Myelin?” “Balo’s Disease,” “HTLV-I Associated Myelopathy (HAM),” “Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO),” “Schilder’s Disease,” “Transverse Myelitis.”

Love, S. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 2006.

Neuropathology: “Demyelinative Diseases.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis,” “Tropical Spastic Paraparesis,” “Neuromyelitis Optica,” “Schilder’s Disease,” “Transverse Myelitis.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 9, 2020

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is Myelin?” “Balo’s Disease,” “HTLV-I Associated Myelopathy (HAM),” “Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO),” “Schilder’s Disease,” “Transverse Myelitis.”

Love, S. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 2006.

Neuropathology: “Demyelinative Diseases.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis,” “Tropical Spastic Paraparesis,” “Neuromyelitis Optica,” “Schilder’s Disease,” “Transverse Myelitis.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 9, 2020

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