What Is Transverse Myelitis?

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2. Transverse Myelitis Causes: Inflammatory Conditions

In addition to infections, there are several inflammatory conditions that appear to cause transverse myelitis. Multiple sclerosis is a condition in which the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves in the spinal cord is attacked and damaged by the immune system. Transverse myelitis can be an initial indicator of MS.

Other commonly associated inflammatory conditions include autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, Devic’s disease and sarcoidosis. Devic’s disease results in inflammation in the optic nerves as well as the spinal cord. Furthermore, there have been very rare occasions in which certain vaccinations for infectious diseases have been associated with transverse myelitis.

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