Myelitis Transverse Symptoms | Causes | Treatments

Myelitis transverse is a neurological condition involving an inflaming process of the spinal cord. It is known to cause axonal demyelination which is basically any type of neurological disease or disorder that causes the neurons to become damaged. When someone is suffering from specifically myelitis transverse, the transverse part stands for the fact that the spine is seeing inflammation along the thick parts of the spine.

Myelitis transverse has a few known causes including spontaneous appearance (no cause or unknown cause), after a vaccination of some type or a serious infection. Also, those who suffer from multiple sclerosis are at a slightly bigger risk for developing myelitis transverse. If someone has acute myelitis transverse they will see a sudden onset of symptoms, faster than any other type of myelitis transverse.

Myelitis Transverse Symptoms

  • Weakness in the legs, arms and overall body
  • Numbness in the arms, legs and similar
  • Violent back pain
  • Intensity of symptoms depend on the stage and extremity of the condition
  • Paralysis
  • Lower cervical lesions
  • Thoracic spinal cord lesions; could come off as spastic paraplegia
  • Any lesions within the lower region of the spine.
  • All of the lesions produce many upper and lower neuron signs and damage
  • Paralysis of the bladder and urinary retention are early signs
  • Spinal shock that could result in spasticity

Myelitis Transverse Diagnosis and Treatment

Using symptoms alone to diagnose myelitis transverse is quite impossible. The actual positive diagnosis of myelitis transverse can only be done through an MRI or a CT scan. An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a large machine that works just like a CT scan to see within desired parts of the body. The only basic difference between a CT scan and an MRI is that the MRI gathers and displays pictures from the selected area, in this case the spine, in layers.

The CT scan is still very accurate and useful in diagnosing myelitis transverse but most specialists prefer to use an MRI for increased accuracy. Misdiagnosis with myelitis transverse is much more common than most think and it often requires surgery, therapy, physical rehab and other treatments for recovery.

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