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Is myelitis caused by viruses, bacteria, or other problems? Is the end result always some paralysis?

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Dr. John Oro
Neurosurgery

In brief: Cord inflammation

Myelitis, usually called transverse myelitis, is an inflammation of the spinal cord.
The cause is not known but may be the body's response, called an autoimmune response, to a viral infection, or other conditions such as mycoplasma pneumonia. Some people have multiple sclerosis. Many people have some leftovers from the myelitis such as pain, spasms, or possibly a degree of weakness or paralysis.

In brief: Cord inflammation

Myelitis, usually called transverse myelitis, is an inflammation of the spinal cord.
The cause is not known but may be the body's response, called an autoimmune response, to a viral infection, or other conditions such as mycoplasma pneumonia. Some people have multiple sclerosis. Many people have some leftovers from the myelitis such as pain, spasms, or possibly a degree of weakness or paralysis.
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