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Transverse Myelitis: A Quick Guide

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What is Transverse Myelitis?

Transverse Myelitis (TM) is a demyelinating disorder of the spinal cord. There can be differing diagnosis’ such as transverse myelitis, acute transverse myelitis, partial transverse myelitis, and acute partial transverse myelitis. Transverse myelitis can affect adults and children of all racial backgrounds, both male and female. Approximately 1 to 5 new cases per million people are diagnosed each year.

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What causes Transverse Myelitis?

The causes of transverse myelitis are still unknown, but experts have identified numerous causes that may be possible. Experts believe that it is possible that transverse myelitis can be triggered by a variety of viral and bacterial infections. However, most cases of transverse myelitis are idiopathic, which means the cause is unidentified or unknown.

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What are the symptoms of Transverse Myelitis?

There are numerous symptoms that a transverse myelitis patient can experience. Approximately one third of patients experience a flu-like illness with fever when they begin to develop symptoms of TM. Generally, the onset of symptoms occurs very quickly. Common symptoms of transverse myelitis include: paralysis of the legs, lower back pain, leg pain, loss of bowel control, and a tightening sensation around the trunk.

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How is Transverse Myelitis Diagnosed?

Since the exact causes of transverse myelitis are still unknown, the most common approach that is used for diagnosing a patient with transverse myelitis is to rule out other diseases and disorders. Blood tests, MRI, and lumbar punctures are common tests that are conducted when diagnosing transverse myelitis.

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What are the treatments for Transverse Myelitis?

There is no cure for transverse myelitis. However, physicians use varioustreatments that may possibly halt or slow down the progression of TM during the onset. After initial treatment, a number of long term treatments are available to manage and alleviate symptoms.

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What is the prognosis of Transverse Myelitis?

Prognosis for complete recovery in transverse myelitis patients is generally poor, but some patients experience full recovery. The recovery period generally begins between 2 and 12 weeks after onset, and can continue for up to 2 years. Numerous patients are left with considerable disabilities, and some patients do not recover at all.

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Personal Experiences with Transverse Myelitis

Because transverse myelitis can affect each person differently, sometimes it is better to read personal stories in order to get a better idea of what is is like undergoing diagnosis and living with the disease. We hope it helps you to read the personal experiences of patients and family members who have been personally affected by transverse myelitis.

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