Transverse myelitis

Anesthesia
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By Anthony T Reder MD

Transverse myelitis following general anesthesia is most likely due to chance (Gutowski and Davies 1993). Direct needle trauma to the spinal cord during spinal anesthesia, however, can cause hemorrhage. A patient with Behçet disease developed local myelitis near a lumbar root steroid injection. Cord trauma should be avoided in necrotic myelopathies and probably in transverse myelitis.

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Introduction
Historical note and nomenclature
Clinical manifestations
Clinical vignette
Etiology
Pathogenesis and pathophysiology
Epidemiology
Prevention
Differential diagnosis
Diagnostic workup
Prognosis and complications
Management
Pregnancy
Anesthesia
References cited
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