Acute transverse myelitis in the emergency department: A case report and review of the literature

Colleen E. Kelley*, James J Mathews, Gary A Noskin

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Abstract

Acute transverse myelitis (ATM) is a neurologic condition that presents with bilateral lower extremity weakness and sensory loss associated with bowel and bladder dysfunction. Whereas the time of onset may be hours to days, the time to either partial or complete recovery may require months. The etiology is varied and may be idiopathic. Laboratory and radiographic evaluation may be nonrevealing. Corticosteriods have been used for treatment, but their efficacy is controversial. As illustrated by this case report, the essential aspect of the initial management of ATM is the elimination of potentially treatable causes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-420
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

Keywords

  • paraplegia
  • transverse myelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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