Journal article

MRI in Transverse Myelitis

Christine Goh, Patricia M Desmond, Pramit M Phal

Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Transverse myelitis is an acute inflammatory disease of the spinal cord, characterized by rapid onset of bilateral neurological symptoms. Weakness, sensory disturbance, and autonomic dysfunction evolve over hours or days, most progressing to maximal clinical severity within 10 days of onset. At maximal clinical severity, half will have a paraparesis, and almost all patients have sensory disturbance and bladder dysfunction. Residual disability is divided equally between severe, moderate and minimal or none. The causes of transverse myelitis are diverse; etiologies implicated include demyelinating conditions, collagen vascular disease, and parainfectious causes, however, despite extensive diag..

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