Common questions

How long can you live with transverse myelitis?

How long can you live with transverse myelitis?

Recovery from transverse myelitis usually begins within a few weeks of the onset of symptoms and can continue for up to two years, or sometimes longer. Early treatment may facilitate recovery. People usually make the best recovery between three and six months after the onset of symptoms.

How do you get myelitis?

Viral, bacterial and fungal infections affecting the spinal cord may cause transverse myelitis. In most cases, the inflammatory disorder appears after recovery from the infection. Viruses associated with transverse myelitis are: Herpes viruses, including the one that causes shingles and chickenpox (zoster)

What is transverse myelitis TM?

Transverse Myelitis (TM) is a disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. It is characterized by symptoms and signs of neurologic dysfunction in motor and sensory tracts on both sides of the spinal cord.

What bacteria causes myelitis?

Direct bacterial myelitis is considered very rare. Examples of pathogens associated with transverse myelitis are herpes viruses, enteroviruses, flaviviruses, HIV, mycoplasma, Borrelia burgdorferi and Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Can transverse myelitis go away?

No effective cure currently exists for transverse myelitis, although many people recover from it. Treatments focus on relieving the inflammation that causes the symptoms. Some people might need to be hospitalized at first if the symptoms are severe enough.

Does myelitis go away?

Some people recover fully from transverse myelitis within a few months or years, but others might continue to have long-term problems. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about when you would need to call them.

Is myelitis curable?

Some individuals will have only one episode of transverse myelitis; other individuals may have a recurrence, especially if an underlying illness caused the disorder. There is no cure for transverse myelitis, but there are treatments to prevent or minimize permanent neurological deficits.

What causes TM?

Transverse myelitis (TM) is a rare neurological syndrome. It is an inflammatory disorder of the spinal cord. TM may be due to a virus or other infection, but in general, the cause is unknown. TM is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues.

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