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Transverse Myelitis


Synonyms of Transverse Myelitis

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • Ascending Myelitis
    • Brown-Sequard Syndrome
    • Concussion Myelitis
    • Foix-Alajouanine Myelitis
    • Funicular Myelitis
    • Subacute Necrotizing Myelitis
    • Systemic Myelitis


    General Discussion
    Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder of the spine caused by inflammation across the spinal cord. It is sometimes associated with the term myelopathy, which refers to any disorder of the spinal cord. However, transverse myelitis is a more specific term for inflammation (myelitis) across the width of the spinal cord (transverse) that results in changed function below this level while function remains normal above. Symptoms are related to movement and sensory functions. This disorder occurs in both adults and children, and typically begins with a rather rapid development of symptoms over the course of several hours, days, or weeks. Symptoms may include lower back pain, weakness in the legs and arms, sensory disturbance, spasms leading to gradual paralysis, and bowel or bladder disfunction.

    In most cases, this is a disorder that occurs on a single occasion, although a small number of individuals may experience recurrence. The initial occurrence may be followed, over a period of several weeks or months, by a period of recovery, although this does not happen in all cases. There is considerable variability in the degree of recovery achieved. Transverse myelitis is sometimes associated with other diseases, including systemic autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosis and sarcoidosis. It may be occur following viral or bacterial infections, especially those associated with a rash, spinal cord injuries, or immune reactions.

    Organizations related to Transverse Myelitis
    • American Paraplegia Society
      75-20 Astoria Boulevard
      Jackson Heights NY 11370-1177
      Phone #: 718-803-3782
      800 #: --
      e-mail: aps@UnitedSpinal.ORG
      Home page: http://www.apssci.org
    • Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
      500 Morris Ave
      Springfield NJ 07081
      Phone #: 973-379-2690
      800 #: 800-225-0292
      e-mail: info@crof.org
      Home page: http://www.crpf.org,
    • Devic's Support
      107 Woodside Manor
      Carmichaels PA 15320
      Phone #: N/A
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: gmitchell@myelitis.org or grace53a@gmail.com
      Home page: http://groups.google.com/group/Devics-support?pli=1
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
      31 Center Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-2540
      Phone #: 301-496-5751
      800 #: 800-352-9424
      e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
    • National Spinal Cord Injury Association
      6701 Democracy
      Bethesda MD 20817
      Phone #: 301-214-4006
      800 #: 800-962-9629
      e-mail: info@spinalcord.org
      Home page: http://www.spinalcord.org
    • Spinal Cord Society
      19051 County Hwy. 1
      Fergus Falls MN 56537
      Phone #: 218-739-5252
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://users.aol.com/scsweb
    • Transverse Myelitis Association
      1787 Sutter Parkway
      Powell OH 43065-8806
      Phone #: 614-766-1806
      800 #: --
      e-mail: ssiegel@myelitis.org
      Home page: http://www.myelitis.org



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