This forum is for people and families with transverse myelitis and atraumatic spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury results from many causes besides trauma. For example, spinal cord injury can occur from loss of blood flow (ischemia), arteriovenous malformations (AVM), infections (viral or bacterial, tuberculosis), arachnoiditis (inflammation of the meningeal lines of the spinal cord), tumors (both intrinsic and extrinsic to the spinal cord), autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis and lupus erythemasus), spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), developmental disorders (cerebral palsy, spina bifida), scoliosis (curvature of the spine), surgical complications, osteoarthritis (spondylosis), disc herniation and other causes of spinal cord compression, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and and many other causes.
While the consequences and care of spinal cord injury in these cases may be similar, the causes vary. This forum is for people to discuss issues related to atraumatic spinal cord injury. Many people have requested such a forum. To initiate the forum, we will be moving some topics relating to transverse myelitis and atraumatic SCI from the Care and Cure forum here in order to provide a base for the forum.