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July 1982

Transverse Myelitis Caused by Duck Embryo Rabies Vaccine

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology (Dr Label) and Division of Infectious Diseases (Dr Batts), University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor. Dr Batts is now in private practice in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Arch Neurol. 1982;39(7):426-430. doi:10.1001/archneur.1982.00510190044014

• Transverse myelitis developed in a 50-year-old man 11 days after passive and active rabies immunization. He was treated with prednisone therapy for three weeks and recovered neurologically. The patient's lymphocytes showed no blastogenic response to the vaccine administered. This is the sixth reported case of transverse myelitis caused by duck embryo rabies vaccine.