What Is the Prognosis of Transverse Myelitis?

Q:
What is the prognosis of transverse myelitis?

A:
Transverse myelitis is an inflammation of the spinal cord, a major part of the central nervous system. The term “transverse” refers to the pattern of changes in sensation which  is often like a band across the trunk of the body. The term “myelitis” refers to inflammation of the spinal cord.

Transverse myelitis can affect people of any age, gender, or race. Most people with transverse myelitis have at least partial recovery. Most recovery takes place within the first 3 months after the attack. For some people, recovery may continue for up to 2 years (and in some cases, longer). If there is no improvement within the first 3 to 6 months, complete recovery is almost unlikely (partial recovery can still occur and requires rehabilitation).

After the treatment, some individuals may suffer from moderate disability (such as trouble walking, nerve sensitivity, and bladder and bowel problems) while others may have permanent weakness, spasticity, and other complications.

If you still have any questions, please call your doctor.

 

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