What are the indications of acute transverse myelitis in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Partial, rather than total, acute transverse myelitis usually is a manifestation of MS. Acute partial loss of motor, sensory, autonomic, reflex, and sphincter function below the level of the lesion indicates acute transverse myelitis. One should strongly consider mechanical compression of the spinal cord in the differential diagnosis of transverse myelitis.


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