Who is likely to get transverse myelitis (TM)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Transverse myelitis (TM) occurs in adults and children, in both genders, and in all races. No familial predisposition is apparent. A peak in incidence rates (the number of new cases per year) appears to occur between 10 to 19 years and 30 to 39 years. Although only a few studies have examined incidence rates, it is estimated that about 1,400 new cases of TM are diagnosed each year in the United States, and approximately 33,000 Americans have some type of disability resulting from the disorder.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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