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Can transverse myelitis cause muscle weakness?

My son had transverse myelitis in February 2015. His lower portion from hip to legs have been paralysed since. He was given steroids and PLEX but without any result. Now he is on physiotherepy but without any positive result. Is there any other way the disease can be combatted?
Tue, 6 Aug 2019
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Neurologist 's  Response
Hi,

I am afraid that apart from physical therapy not much more can be done. After all this time it is not a question of combatting the disease, the disease is gone now, what you are dealing with in its aftermath. Some nerve cells dealing with the movement have died, physical therapy only tries to help the remaining cells to compensate for the lost ones, but after 4 years not much gain is expected. Perhaps stem cells therapy will help in the future, but at the moment it's still in experimental stages, many questions to be answered regarding its use.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Olsi Taka, Neurologist
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