How is transverse myelitis distinguished from multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Transverse myelitis is the term usually used for idiopathic inflammatory myelopathy. Swelling and enhancement of the spinal cord may be evident on MRI, often affecting a longer segment than the typical involvement seen with partial myelitis in MS. This also needs to be distinguished from the longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis seen in Devic disease, classically involving multiple spinal cord levels with a linear trajectory.


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