Transverse myelitis

Prevention
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By Anthony T Reder MD

If upper respiratory tract infections could be avoided, perhaps one third of all cases of transverse myelitis would be prevented. For this reason, influenza vaccinations are reasonable prophylactic measures for transverse myelitis and multiple sclerosis. Sunlight and vitamin D prevent multiple sclerosis; smoking and obesity provoke multiple sclerosis. Idiopathic transverse myelitis may be similarly affected by these modifiable risk factors.

In This Article

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
Contributors