Can lupus cause transverse myelitis?
Transverse myelitis is a disorder of the nervous system linked to inflammation of the spinal cord. It is very rare, affecting approximately one percent of patients with lupus.
What autoimmune causes transverse myelitis?
Autoimmune disorders probably contribute to transverse myelitis in some people. These disorders include lupus, which can affect multiple body systems, and Sjogren’s syndrome, which causes severe dryness of the mouth and eyes.
Can you get transverse myelitis more than once?
Most people will only have a single episode of transverse myelitis, but a few people may have a recurrence. Some people who get transverse myelitis are left with permanent physical disabilities, such as muscle stiffness, loss of bowel or bladder function, muscle weakness, or even paralysis.
Is transverse myelitis an autoimmune disease?
Transverse myelitis (TM) is a rare neurological syndrome. It is an inflammatory disorder of the spinal cord. TM may be due to a virus or other infection, but in general, the cause is unknown. TM is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues.
Can transverse myelitis turn into MS?
Transverse myelitis can appear as the first symptom in conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or neuromyelitis optica (NMO). A person with transverse myelitis who also has an abnormal brain MRI with more than two lesions has an increased chance (as high as 90 percent) of going on to develop MS.
What are the long-term effects of transverse myelitis?
People who have serious long-term effects from transverse myelitis, such as paralysis or loss of bladder or bowel control, can also develop a number of other complications. Your provider might advise you to call if you have problems such as: Skin sores or infections. Trouble breathing.