inflammation of a transverse portion of the spinal cord characterized by acute or subacute segmental demyelination or necrosis. The condition may occur sporadically, follow an infection or vaccination, or present as a paraneoplastic syndrome (see also encephalomyelitis, acute disseminated). Clinical manifestations include motor weakness, sensory loss, and incontinence. (Adams et al., Principles of neurology, 6th ed, pp1242-6)

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