Progressive ascending myelopathy: Atypical forms of multiple sclerosis or what else?

Viviana Nociti, Anna Paola Batocchi, Marco Luigetti, Amelia Conte, Vita Santa Lorusso, Silvia Roiati, Tommaso Tartaglione, Alessandra Del Grande, Mario Sabatelli

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The spinal cord can be affected by multiple heterogeneous disorders often difficult to diagnose. We describe ten patients affected by a progressive ascending myelopathy with a poor prognosis. The patients, during the follow-up period, underwent neurological examinations, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, hematological, microbiological, auto-antibodies screening, brain and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroneurophysiological study. At disease onset spinal cord MRI showed ≥1 myelopathic lesions extended for

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1965-1970
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Progressive myelopathy
  • Respiratory failure
  • Tetraparesis
  • Transverse myelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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