Author Affiliations: Section of Clinical Neurology, Department of Neurological, Neuropsychological, Morphological, and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Italy.
In the March 2012 issue of Archives of Neurology, Bourre and colleagues published a follow-up study on a series of patients with acute partial transverse myelitis.1 The authors included 85 cases of first-episode acute partial transverse myelitis prospectively and retrospectively collected at 3 neurologic centers in France and examined the rate of conversion to multiple sclerosis (MS) as well as predictive factors of long-term disability during a mean follow-up of 8.7 years. They confirmed the well-known relevance of oligoclonal bands in the cerebrospinal fluid and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) abnormalities in increasing the risk for conversion to MS, while none of the explored clinical, MRI, cerebrospinal fluid, and neurophysiological variables showed prognostic value for neurologic disability.
Gajofatto A, Benedetti MD. Prognostic Factors of Acute Partial Transverse Myelitis. Arch Neurol. 2012;69(11):1523-1524. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2012.2302