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Transverse myelitis

Names 

Secondary acute transverse myelitis
Transverse myelitis

Description

Inflammation of the spinal cord with neurological effects that go in a transverse (horizontal or bandlike) manner across the body, as opposed to going up or down the spinal cord.

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Prevalence

Prevalence is unknown but approximately 1,400 new US cases are diagnosed each year 

Source: National institute of neurological disorders and stroke

Typical Age of onset

Any age, but peaks between 10 and 19 and again between 30 and 39

Symptoms

  • Weakness of the legs or arms
  • Paresthesias (burning, tickling, pricking, numbness, coldness, or tingling) or numbness
  • Urinary symptoms, such as increased frequency, incontinence, or difficulty urinating
  • Constipation

References

WebMD
Mayo Clinic
Medscape

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