I was reading about Hughes Syndrome (APS) and came across this theory that may be interesting for people diagnosed with Transverse Meylitis.
The cause for these types of symptoms is not clearly understood, but it could be a type of myelitis: a disease involving inflammation of the spinal cord which disrupts central nervous system functions linking the brain and the limbs.
Transverse myelitis is a condition where one particular level of the spinal cord is involved, and can sometimes be a manifestation of an autoimmune disease. If antiphospholipid antibodies are associated with transverse myelitis, it is possible that blood clots occur in the small vessels that supply the spinal cord.
It can be almost impossible to clinically differentiate between MS and APS and, to further complicate matters, the results of MRI scans in both conditions can be similar.
Diagnosis will often depend on the patient experiencing clear symptoms of APS such as severe migraine, previous thrombosis, recurrent miscarriage, livedo reticularis and positive blood test results for antiphospholipid antibodies.