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Acute transverse myelitis after inactivated COVID-19 vaccine

ERDEM Şimşek Nazan1, DEMIRCI Seden1, ÖZEL Tuğba 1, MAMADOVA Khalida1, KARAALI Kamil 2, ÇELIK Tuğba Havva 3, USLU Ilgen Ferda4, ÖZKAYNAK Sibel Sehür1

JULY 30, 2021

Clinical Neuroscience - 2021;74(07-08)


Case Reports

Vaccines against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have been rapidly developed to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. There is increasing safety concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccines. We report a 78-year old woman who was presented with tetraparesis, paresthesias of bilateral upper extremities, and urinary retention of one-day duration. Three weeks before these symptoms, she was vaccinated with CoronaVAC vaccine (Sinovac Life Sciences, China). Spine magnetic resonance imaging showed longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (TM) from the C1 to the T3 spinal cord segment. An extensive diagnostic workup was performed to exclude other possible causes of TM. We suggest that longitudinally extensive TM may be associated with COVID-19 vaccination in this case. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of longitudinally extensive TM developing after CoronaVac vaccination. Clinicians should be aware of neurological symptoms after vaccination of COVID-19.


  1. Akdeniz University, Department of Neurology, Antalya, Turkey
  2. Akdeniz University, Department of Radiology, Antalya, Turkey
  3. Haydarpaşa Numune Training and Research Hospital, Department of Neurology, Istanbul Turkey
  4. Bezmiâlem Vakıf University, Department of Neurology, Antalya, Turkey



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