Transverse Myelitis (TM)
Transverse Myelitis is an inflammatory disorder caused by damage to the spinal cord. When this damage occurs, nerve communication along the spinal cord to the rest of the body is interrupted. The location of damage on the spinal cord determines which part of the body does not receive nerve signals, causing a loss of sensation and muscle function to that area. The cause of this condition is not always known. However, several conditions are known to cause transverse myelitis such as infection and immune system disorders, as well as some inflammatory or vascular disorders. The four classic signs of TM are (1) weakness of the legs and/or arms, (2) lower back pain or sensation that radiates down the limbs or around the torso, (3) sensory issues (such numbness, tingling, coldness), and (4) bowel and/or bladder dysfunction.
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[Ultrasound-assisted neuraxial anesthesia in a patient with previous lumbar laminectomy and fusion: a case report].
Abstract: A patient with previous L3-4 posterior lumbar interbody fusion, pedicle screws instrumentation and L3-4 decompression, was scheduled for left total hip arthroplasty. Two years ago, due to poor landmarks palpation, the patient experienced a failed lumbar…
Abstract: The main objective was to investigate the feasibil- ity of using the femoral vein for long-term venous access. This was accomplished in the course of treating osteomyelitis patients, using a combination of long-term (6 weeks), outpatient, intravenous (IV)…
Healing under pressure: hyperbaric oxygen and myocutaneous flap repair for extreme persistent perineal sinus after proctectomy for inflammatory bowel disease.
Abstract: Persistent perineal sinus (PPS) following proctectomy for inflammatory bowel disease affects about 50% of patients. Up to 33% of cases of PPS remain unhealed at 12 months and the most refractory cases are unhealed at 24 months despite optimal conventional…