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May 1981

Acute Transverse Myelitis due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae Infection

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Drs Westenfelder, Akey, and Corwin) and Neurology (Dr Vick), Northwestern University Medical School, Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Ill.

Arch Neurol. 1981;38(5):317-318. doi:10.1001/archneur.1981.00510050083017

• We examined a woman who had acute transverse myelopathy (ATM) associated with respiratory illness due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae. To our knowledge, only one previously described case documented this relationship with serologic studies of spinal fluid. Since 16% to 35% of ATM patients experience antecedent respiratory illness, evidence of M pneumoniae infection should be sought in all cases.

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