Transverse Myelitis Prognosis




Transverse myelitis recovery varies from case to case. Therefore, it is extremely difficult for physicians to make predictions about the recovery level for individual cases. Generally, the more rapid the progression is, the worse the transverse myelitis prognosis. If a patient experiences intense pain, it could indicate a higher intense level of inflammation.

When does transverse myelitis recovery begin and how long does it last?

Transverse myelitis recovery generally begins between 2 to 12 weeks after the onset of the symptoms. Recovery may continue for up to 2 years.

Generally, if there is no improvement within the first 3 to 6 months, the chance of significant recovery is severely reduced.

What level of recovery do most patients experience?

Transverse myelitis prognosis generally varies from individual to individual. However, here’s the general prognosis rule:


  • About one-third of people affected with transverse myelitis experience good or full recovery from their symptoms: These patients regain the ability to walk normally, and experience minimal urinary or bowel issues.
  • About one-third show only fair recovery and are left with significant deficits: These patients can be left with conditions such as spastic gait, sensory dysfunction, and prominent urinary urgency or incontinence
  • About one third of patients do not recover at all: These patients are often wheelchair-bound or bedridden with marked dependence on others for basic functions of daily living

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