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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1824-1826

Motor axonal neuropathy in sequence with acute transverse myelitis

Departments of Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital, NewDelhi, India

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Smita Nath
Flat No. 1, Ajanta Appartment 36 IP Extension, Patparganj, New Delhi- 110 092
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DOI: 10.4103/ATMPH.ATMPH_478_17

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Acute transverse myelitis(ATM) is an upper motor neuron disease of the spinal cord, and its association with peripheral polyneuropathy, particularly the axonal type, is rarely reported. This case presented with features of noncompressive upper motor neuron type of quadriplegia with bladder, bowel and sensory involvement at C4 spinal level. The diagnosis of ATM was confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging scan. The patient responded to high-dose steroids and was discharged. However, after 2weeks of recovery, the patient again developed acute-onset pure motor flaccid paralysis. Nerve conduction test was diagnostic of pure motor axonal neuropathy. This time she was treated with immunoglobulins after which she improved.

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