Acute Transverse Myelitis and Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy Developed after Vaccinations against Seasonal and 2009 A/H1N1 Influenza

Department of Neurology, Yokohama City Minato Red Cross Hospital, Japan.
Internal Medicine (Impact Factor: 0.9). 01/2011; 50(5):503-7. DOI: 10.2169/internalmedicine.50.4340
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Acute transverse myelitis (ATM) has been described as an uncommon complication of vaccinations and is rarely accompanied by inflammatory peripheral neuropathy. We report a case of a 77-year-old woman who developed ATM and acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) following vaccinations against seasonal and 2009 A/H1N1 influenza. She manifested ophthalmoplegia, quadriparesis and sensory impairment. MR imaging showed a longitudinally-extensive spinal cord lesion, and nerve conduction study revealed motor axonal polyneuropathy. Despite prompt treatment, her symptoms poorly recovered. While concurrent ATM and AMAN may suggest the presence of a common antigen, their scarcity indicates the importance of other factors causing immunologic disruptions.

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