Clinical course and long‐term prognosis of acute transverse myelopathy

  title={Clinical course and long‐term prognosis of acute transverse myelopathy},
  author={Peter Broegger Christensen and Lene Wermuth and H H Hinge and K. B{\o}emers},
  journal={Acta Neurologica Scandinavica},
The clinical characteristics and course of acute transverse myelopathy (ATM) was studied. One patient developed multiple sclerosis. In 1 patient ATM was caused by tumour‐cell embolization of the intramedullar vessels; 30 aged 12–74 years (median 36 years) had ATM of unknown course, of these, 13 had symptoms of a preceding viral‐like infection, 18 had back‐pain and 10 signs of spinal shock. The time from onset of ATM to maximum deficit varied from less than 1 h to 20 days. The thoracic region… 

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