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Eur J Pediatr. 1995 May;154(5):378-80.

Acute transverse myelitis caused by ECHO virus type 18 infection.

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Department of Paediatrics, Asahiwaka Medical College, Japan.

Abstract

A 14-year-old boy developed acute quadriplegia, associated with sensory impairment and bowel and urinary dysfunction. MRI of the cervical cord showed diffuse increased signal intensity on T2-weighted images with gadolinium-diethylenetriamine penta-acetic acid enhancement. Based on the clinical presentation and MRI findings, the diagnosis of acute transverse myelitis was made. Enterovirus RNA was amplified from CSF by the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. Serum neutralizing antibody to ECHO virus type 18 rose from 1/4 on admission to 1/16 2 months later.

CONCLUSION:

This is the first reported case of acute transverse myelitis caused by ECHO virus type 18 infection.

PMID:
7641770
DOI:
10.1007/bf02072107
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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