TREATING TRANSVERSE MYELITIS
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Transverse myelitis is a condition where the body attacks its own nerves, and the consequences can be devastating. Allan Belzberg, a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, describes a technique he’s pioneered to deal with paralysis caused by the condition.
BELZBERG: We’re tried to take a new approach where we look at transverse myelitis much as I look at a brachial plexus injury. To me as a nerve surgeon it’s just another nerve injury and I try to think in these patients, can I rob from Peter to pay Paul? Can I find another nerve that’s working close by and try to give them some hope of function when they’ve completely lost function and the prognosis is poor? So that approach, this is something brand new that we’ve just started at Johns Hopkins, and as far as we understand this is really the first time this has been tried anywhere in the world. :33
Belzberg has used the technique in three patients so far, and hopes to implement it earlier in the course of the disease when the chances for success are improved. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.