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Vitamin D deficiency in transverse myelitis patients

Posted on: November 25, 2011   by  John Cannell, MD


Transverse myelitis is a feared neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord, the inflammation occurs for generally  unknown reasons.  It can cause a multiple sclerosis type loss of the myelin insulation that allows nerves to conduct electrical signals.

Recovery from transverse myelitis is common, several months after it starts, but some patients never show signs of recovery. There is no treatment other than glucocorticoids, but it is not clear if they help.

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1 Response to Vitamin D deficiency in transverse myelitis patients

  1. ahoskrn

    Dear Dr. Cannell,
    I am shaking with excitement as I read your blog today! I had autoimmune “myelitis” attack in 2007. I kept pushing and pushing for the “why” as I demanded every test in the book. It was only when a forward thinking rheumatologist decided to run my D level…17. This was back before anyone in the mainstream media had begun to pay attention to D. Thank you for the amazing work you do. Please keep the momentum going.

    Forever Grateful!

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