Acute transverse myelitis caused by Coxsackie virus B5 infection
Article first published online: 22 JAN 2004
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 40, Issue 1-2, pages 66–68, January 2004
How to Cite
Minami, K., Tsuda, Y., Maeda, H., Yanagawa, T., Izumi, G. and Yoshikawa, N. (2004), Acute transverse myelitis caused by Coxsackie virus B5 infection. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40: 66–68. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2004.00295.x
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2004
- Article first published online: 22 JAN 2004
- Accepted for publication 6 February 2003.
- acute transverse myelitis;
- Coxsackie virus infection;
- magnetic resonance images;
Abstract: A 6-year-old boy developed symptoms of rapidly progressive paraplegia, associated with bowel and urinary dysfunction, but without sensory loss. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination showed diffuse swelling of the lower spinal cord on T1-weighted images. Based on the clinical presentation and MRI findings, a diagnosis of acute transverse myelitis was made. The serum titer of neutralizing antibody against Coxsackie virus B5 rose from 1/4 on admission to 1/256 1 month later and Coxsackie virus B5 was isolated from stool samples. This case serves as a reminder that acute transverse myelitis can be a rare clinical manifestation of Coxsackie virus B5 infection.