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Transverse myelitis

Girish Rajadhyaksha, Charulata Limaye, Ameena Meah, Sushma Gaikwad, Shubham Jain
Rare complications have been documented due to inadvertent intravascular administration of penicillin such as Nicolau syndrome (lipoatrophy), transverse myelitis, injury to sciatic nerve as well as Hoigne syndrome (transient central nervous system dysfunction).1 We present a case report where a young male developed Nicolau syndrome and transverse myelitis after receiving benzathine penicillin injection.
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Hongyu He, Lirong Jin, Minjie Ju, Guowei Tu, Zhe Luo
BACKGROUND: Acute transverse myelitis is uncommon and presumably results from an autoimmune process or a preceding infection. Most cases of bacterial myelitis are due to hematogenous dissemination from urinary or respiratory tract infections or contiguous spreading from a neighboring infected structure. A psoas abscess rarely spreads to higher levels of the spinal cord. No cases of acute cervical myelitis due to a psoas abscess have been previously reported. CASE PRESENTATION: A 34-year-old man was transferred to our hospital due to progressive muscle weakness, sensory deficits and severe hypotension...
October 18, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Jacqueline R Rivas, Sara J Ireland, Rati Chkheidze, William H Rounds, Joseph Lim, Jordan Johnson, Denise M O Ramirez, Ann J Ligocki, Ding Chen, Alyssa A Guzman, Mark Woodhall, Patrick C Wilson, Eric Meffre, Charles White, Benjamin M Greenberg, Patrick Waters, Lindsay G Cowell, Ann M Stowe, Nancy L Monson
Plasmablasts are a highly differentiated, antibody secreting B cell subset whose prevalence correlates with disease activity in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). For most patients experiencing partial transverse myelitis (PTM), plasmablasts are elevated in the blood at the first clinical presentation of disease (known as a clinically isolated syndrome or CIS). In this study we found that many of these peripheral plasmablasts are autoreactive and recognize primarily gray matter targets in brain tissue. These plasmablasts express antibodies that over-utilize immunoglobulin heavy chain V-region subgroup 4 (VH4) genes, and the highly mutated VH4+ plasmablast antibodies recognize intracellular antigens of neurons and astrocytes...
October 11, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
Hussein Algahtani, Bader Shirah, Raafat Ahmad, Hind Abobaker, Mohammed Hmoud
CONTEXT: Methanol is the simplest member of alcohol family. However, it is an extremely toxic substance to humans upon exposure with severe and detrimental effects that range from visual loss to death. Spinal cord involvement in methanol intoxication is a rare occurrence. FINDINGS: In this article, we are reporting a case of methanol intoxication with extensive spinal cord involvement possibly due to necrosis. A literature review yielded only two cases of spinal cord involvement due to methanol intoxication...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Zhiming Mo, Yaxian Dong, Xiaolian Chen, Huiyan Yao, Bin Zhang
Acute transverse myelitis is a rare manifestation of dengue infection. To the best of our knowledge, only 6 cases of acute transverse myelitis as a manifestation of dengue infection have been reported thus far. The present study described a case of acute transverse myelitis complicated with subacute thyroiditis 6 days after the onset of dengue viral infection. In addition, the available literature was searched to identify similar previous cases. Treatment with intravenous pulse methylprednisolone immunoglobulin plasmapheresis and physiotherapy resulted in partial recovery at 3 months post-infection...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Masataka Fukuoka, Ichiro Kuki, Hisashi Kawawaki, Kiyohiro Kim, Yuka Hattori, Hitomi Tsuji, Asako Horino, Megumi Nukui, Shin Okazaki
An 11-year-old boy presented with progressive leg hypesthesia but no history of trauma. Dysuria and constipation appeared subsequent to gait difficulty. He was admitted 8days after onset. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed longitudinal hyperintensity with cord swelling and hypointensity on T2-weighted images, suggesting severe inflammation and microbleeding change, respectively. Gadolinium contrast-enhanced MRI demonstrated mild enhancement in the lesions. Platelet count and coagulation findings were normal, and cerebrospinal fluid analysis showed no pleocytosis...
September 26, 2016: Brain & Development
Jaclyn Barcikowski, Mark P Fitzgerald, Ashlee M Jaffe, Deborah Mowery
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Mezgebe D Abegaz, Padma K Srigiriraju
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Brandon Trivax, Alexandra Paraskos, Dena Abuelroos, Aishwarya Navalpakam
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Andrew A Fanous, Nathan P Olszewski, Lindsay J Lipinski, Jingxin Qiu, Andrew J Fabiano
The differential diagnoses for spinal cord lesions include spinal tumors and inflammatory processes. The distinction between these pathologies can be difficult if solely based on imaging. We report for the first time to our knowledge a case of idiopathic transverse myelitis (ITM) mimicking a discrete cervical spinal lesion in a 66-year-old man who presented with gait instability and neck pain. The patient's symptoms failed to resolve after an initial course of steroid therapy. Surgical biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of ITM...
2016: Case Reports in Pathology
Md Asiful Islam, Fahmida Alam, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Kah Keng Wong, Teguh Haryo Sasongko, Siew Hua Gan
Neurological manifestations or disorders associated with central nervous system (CNS) are one of the most common as well as important clinical characteristics of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Although in the last updated (2006) classification criteria of APS its neurological manifestations encompassed only transient ischemic attack (TIA) and stroke, diverse 'non-criteria' neurological disorders or manifestations (headache, migraine, bipolar disorder, transverse myelitis, dementia, chorea, epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis, psychosis, cognitive impairment, Tourette's syndrome, parkinsonism, dystonia, transient global amnesia, obsessive compulsive disorder and leukoencephalopathy) have been observed in APS patients...
September 20, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
I Kister, E Johnson, E Raz, J Babb, J Loh, T M Shepherd
BACKGROUND: There is substantial overlap between MRI of acute spinal cord lesions from neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and spinal cord infarct (SCI) in clinical practice. However, early differentiation is important since management approaches to minimize morbidity from NMO or SCI differ significantly. OBJECTIVE: To identify MRI features at initial presentation that may help to differentiate NMO acute myelitis from SCI. METHODS: 2 board-certified neuroradiologists, blinded to final diagnosis, retrospectively characterized MRI features at symptom onset for subjects with serologically-proven NMO (N=13) or SCI (N=11) from a single institution...
September 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Tanawat Tengsirikomol, Sasitorn Siritho, Naraporn Prayoonwiwat
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A few reports studied the time use to diagnose patient with neuromyelitis optica (NMO). The Aim of the study is to evaluate the interval from disease onset to the time when patients fulfilled the NMO diagnostic criteria 2006 in Thai. METHOD: A retrospective study of the NMO patients visiting the MS clinic and related disorders at Siriraj hospital was reviewed. RESULTS: There were 42 definite NMO. All were female. The most common first presentations were optic neuritis (ON) (45...
September 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Victoria Young, Gerardine Quaghebeur
Transverse myelitis is defined as inflammation of the spinal cord, named because of its typical clinical presentation with bandlike symptoms of altered sensation or pain in a horizontal fashion-at a specific dermatome level. Radiographic patterns might vary but the idiopathic form is more frequent to present as involvement of 3-4 vertebral segments and both sides of the cord. It is now recognized that there are numerous other causes as well as the idiopathic type, with often atypical features and geographic variation...
October 2016: Seminars in Ultrasound, CT, and MR
Marina Milic, Jeremy H Rees
Radiotherapy is the mainstay of treatment after surgery for high-grade gliomas and is usually well tolerated. Radiation toxicity in the brain is usually classified according to the timing of side effects in relation to treatment, as either acute (during radiotherapy), early delayed (within 12 weeks of radiotherapy) or late delayed (months to years after radiotherapy). We report two cases of young women who developed severe acute demyelination within 4 months of radiotherapy for glioma, one of whom had a previous history of transverse myelitis...
September 9, 2016: Practical Neurology
Jingyun Lee, Kimberly Q McKinney, Antonis J Pavlopoulos, May H Han, Su-Hyun Kim, Ho Jin Kim, Sunil Hwang
Quantitative proteomic analysis of exosomes isolated from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) patients detected signature proteins differentiating NMO from multiple sclerosis (MS) and idiopathic longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis. Exosomes with good yields were obtained using ultracentrifugation from pooled CSF assisted by chemokine-based clustering strategy, which improved target molecule identification by providing amplified fold change values. 442 significant proteins generated a list of signature molecules of diseases validated primarily by the identification of known markers such as glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and fibronectin specific to NMO and MS respectively...
November 1, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Ankita D Patil, Niteen D Karnik, Milind Y Nadkar, Vishal A Gupta, Krithika Muralidhara, Suresh Passidhi
Peripheral nervous system involvement occurs in 3-18% patients of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) cases. American College of Rheumatology (ACR) includes 19 neuropsychiatric syndromes for diagnosis of SLE divided into neurological syndromes of central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems along with the psychiatric syndromes. Sensorimotor quadriparesis in a suspected case of SLE could be due to a Guillain Barré (GBS)-like illness, mononeuritis multiplex presenting as plexopathies, an anterior spinal artery syndrome or it can present like an acute transverse myelitis or hypokalemic periodic paralysis related to Sjogren's syndrome with renal tubular acidosis...
November 2015: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Roger Baxter, Edwin Lewis, Kristin Goddard, Bruce Fireman, Nandini Bakshi, Frank DeStefano, Julianne Gee, Hung Fu Tseng, Allison L Naleway, Nicola P Klein
BACKGROUND:  Case reports have suggested that vaccines may trigger transverse myelitis (TM) or acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), but the evidence for a causal association is inconclusive. We analyzed the association of immunization and subsequent development of TM or ADEM. METHODS:  We identified all cases of TM and ADEM in the Vaccine Safety Datalink population. Using a case-centered method, we compared vaccination of each case to vaccination of all matched persons in the study population, who received the same type of vaccine, with respect to whether or not their vaccination occurred during a predetermined exposure interval...
September 1, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Natalia García Allende, Mara J García Posada, Mariana F Radosta, Ana V Sánchez, Micaela Mayer Wolf, Viviana Rodríguez
Acute transverse myelitis is defined as an acquired neuroimmune disorder of the spinal cord, which occurs as a consequence of a primary event, or directly related to an autoimmune inflammatory disease, an infectious or post-infectious disease. Amongst infectious etiologies, Borrelia spp., a tick-bourne anthropozoonosis of the ixodidae family, prevails. Approximately 10 to 15% of patients with Lyme disease undergo neurologic manifestations, with an assorted and uncertain array of clinical syndromes. Transverse myelitis accounts for up to 5% of Lyme neuroborreliosis...
2016: Medicina
Michael Absoud, Benjamin M Greenberg, Ming Lim, Tim Lotze, Terrence Thomas, Kumaran Deiva
Pediatric acute transverse myelitis (ATM) is an immune-mediated CNS disorder and contributes to 20% of children experiencing a first acquired demyelinating syndrome (ADS). ATM must be differentiated from other presentations of myelopathy and may be the first presentation of relapsing ADS such as neuromyelitis optica (NMO) or multiple sclerosis (MS). The tenets of the diagnostic criteria for ATM established by the Transverse Myelitis Consortium Working Group can generally be applied in children; however, a clear sensory level may not be evident in some...
August 30, 2016: Neurology
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