What is transverse myelitis?

Transverse myelitis is a neurological condition. It occurs as a result of inflammatory response in the spinal cord, which can happen due to a wide range of autoimmune conditions and infections. The inflammation can cause damage to the areas of the spinal cord, which can interrupt its normal function in transmitting sensory and motor information between the brain and your limbs and bladder. This can lead to pain and issues with movement and touch.

Transverse myelitis is a relatively rare disease. It affects about 1,400 Americans each year. It occurs most often in children ages 10 to 19 and in adults ages 30 to 39. But, it can happen at any age.