Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder that damages myelin, the material covering nerve cell fibers. The result is inflammation in parts of the spinal cord, which disrupts the transmission of messages from the brain to various parts of the body.

Transverse myelitis affects people of all ages, races, and gender, and it is not hereditary. Most patients experience pain, muscle weakness, and sensory problems.

Some recover without lasting health problems, but it may take months and years. In worst-case scenarios, the disease causes paralysis or other long-term damages.

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Causes of Transverse Myelitis

The cause of transverse myelitis is usually unknown (idiopathic), but it may appear after vaccinations, infections, and immune system disorders, including:

  • Autoimmune disorders that target myelin.
  • Viral infections or a post-infectious response from influenza, Zika, herpes viruses, HIV, echovirus, hepatitis B, mumps, measles, and Epstein-Barr.
  • Bacterial infections, like syphilis, tuberculosis, tetanus, Lyme disease, and skin infections.
  • Vaccinations for some infectious diseases.
  • Inflammatory disorders, like sarcoidosis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, and others that attack the spinal cord.
  • Vascular disorders, such as arteriovenous and intraspinal cavernous malformations and disk embolism.
  • Parasites and fungal infections in the spinal cord, such as Aspergillus and Blastomyces.

A varied range of causes can make transverse myelitis challenging to treat and even more difficult to prove a link from a legal standpoint.

Reaction from Vaccines

Infectious disease vaccinations are a possible cause of transverse myelitis. For now, no studies prove it, but several patients have reported developing the ailment after a vaccination.

The vaccines most commonly associated with the disease are:

If you or a loved one developed transverse myelitis after a vaccination, contact our experienced vaccine injury lawyer to discuss your options.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal government initiative that receives vaccine injury claims and awards compensation. SadakaFirm can file a petition on your behalf for compensation under the VICP. The amount a petitioner will receive as compensation depends on the specifics of the claim and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims’ decision.

Signs or Symptoms of Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis affects each patient differently. Some people experience symptoms only once and then recover, while others suffer recurring issues (more likely if a pre-existing illness triggered the disorder).

Symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Numbness, coldness, burning, or tingling
  • Tightening sensation around the skin on the chest, abdomen, or legs
  • Increased sensitivity to clothing on the skin
  • Sharp pain in the lower back
  • Pain spreading to the arms, legs, chest, or abdomen
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Arm or leg weaknesses
  • Reduced mobility or total paralysis

Transverse myelitis symptoms generally manifest over hours or days, though rare cases of symptoms gradually developing (over several weeks) also exist. Unlike other spinal disorders, transverse myelitis can affect either one side of the body or both, below the spinal cord’s affected area.

Transverse Myelitis Treatments

Transverse myelitis has no cure, but treatments for managing and preventing permanent neurological damage exist. Some of these treatments include corticosteroid and other prescriptions for suppressing the immune system and decreasing spinal swelling and inflammation. Immunosuppressants stop antibodies from attacking the nervous system and responding to injected vaccines.

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Plasmapheresis therapy is an alternate treatment for patients who have adverse reactions to intravenous steroids. Antiviral medications treat the viral infection by attacking the spinal cord and triggering transverse myelitis. The patient may also receive pain medication to reduce discomfort.

If the disease has affected a patient’s mobility, rehabilitative therapy may help them regain some or complete use of their limbs. Others who experience severe episodes of transverse myelitis may develop permanent disabilities.

Do you suspect that a recent vaccination caused your transverse myelitis? Mention it to your doctor and ask for the paperwork. Identifying and treating the triggers for the disorder is the most effective treatment strategy.


How can I seek compensation for transverse myelitis after a vaccine injury?

The first step is to submit a petition to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). It is possible to submit a vaccine injury claim yourself, but working with our experienced vaccine injury lawyer increases your chances of being fairly compensated.

At SadakaFirm, we assist clients with off-table injuries, such as transverse myelitis, committing our skills to achieving favorable outcomes.

What is the statute of limitations for filing a vaccine injury claim for transverse myelitis?

You have to submit a vaccine injury claim within the time limit specified by the VICP. Generally, the indication is within three years after experiencing your first symptom.

If the vaccine led to death, the injury claim must be within four years after the first symptom or two years after the death.

Is Transverse Myelitis on the Vaccine Injury Table?

Is transverse myelitis caused by vaccines? There has not been enough study into the link, but research continues. However, transverse myelitis is currently not on the Vaccine Injury Table.

The VICP updates the table with new illnesses and injuries caused by vaccinations as enough data becomes available. If more people report developing transverse myelitis after vaccination, the VICP may eventually add this illness to the Vaccine Injury Table.

What is the difference in compensation between on-table and off-table injuries?

When seeking compensation for off-table vaccine-related injuries, like transverse myelitis, the burden is on the petitioner to prove that the vaccination caused the injury. On-table injuries are simpler—the court will presume the vaccination caused the injury if the petitioner shows the damage occurred within the timeframe specified by the Vaccine Injury Table.

How SadakaFirm handles Transverse Myelitis Vaccine Injury

Even though transverse myelitis is not on the official Vaccine Injury Table yet, it is still possible to seek reparation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The process might be stressful, especially while dealing with the physical and financial strains of managing transverse myelitis. Let our qualified vaccine injury lawyers handle the case on your behalf.

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It's important that you start the process as soon as possible.
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Don’t give transverse myelitis the last word, even if you are unsure about compensation eligibility. Call our experienced legal professionals today for an evaluation and honest feedback on how to proceed with your case.


$175,000.00 total settlement from a 52 year old man who developed transverse myelitis or TM as a result of the influenza vaccination. (maximum available recovery of $250,000.00).


$35,000.00 settlement for a 31 year old woman from Pennsylvania who developed vaccine-induced anaphylactic reaction, weakness, Parsonage Turner Syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and transverse myelitis as a result of receiving an influenza, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, and Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis or DTaP vaccinations.


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