What causes transverse myelitis?
In most cases, transverse myelitis occurs due to an issue that is causing inflammation in the spinal cord. This may include:
- Systemic autoimmune diseases such as lupus and Sjogren’s disease
- Neuromyelitis optica
- Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein associated demyelination (MOGAD)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Lyme disease
- Viral, bacterial and fungal infections
In some cases, the cause of transverse myelitis is unknown.