Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis (TM) is a neurological disorder that causes pain and swelling in the spinal cord and damages the myelin — the material that insulates nerve cells. TM blocks information sent from the spinal cord to the rest of the body. Treatment can involve corticosteroids, plasmapheresis, or immunoglobulin therapy. At least partial recovery is common for most people, though some may experience severe and lasting injuries.

What vaccines cause it?

TM has been connected to certain vaccines, although the National Vaccine Compensation Program (VICP) does not specifically recognize it as an injury on the Vaccine Injury Table. Some vaccines that may cause TM include:

  • Tetanus toxoid (DTaP, Tdap, DTP-Hib, DT, Td, TT)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Measles (MMR, MR, M)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Rubella (MMR, MR, R)
  • Seasonal Influenza (Flu)
  • Pertussis (DTaP, Tdap, DTP, P, DTP-Hib)
  • Tetanus (DTaP, Tdap, DTP-Hib, DT, Td, TT)

What are the symptoms?

TM can have traumatic effects on the body. Symptoms may include:

  • Heightened sensitivity to light, heat, and certain textures
  • Issues in the bladder and intestines
  • Loss of strength or paralysis in the arms and legs
  • Shooting pain through the extremities or chest

When do the symptoms appear?

Symptoms for TM usually start within several hours to a few days after vaccination. In some instances, the effects may progress over a few weeks.

We Stand Ready to Help

With reliable proof and documentation, our team of legal professionals can help you file a claim in the United States Court of Federal Claims. If you or a loved one has TM due to a vaccination covered by the VICP, contact us today. We are here to help you on the road to recovery.