The Diseases Less Reported

Reprinted from PN March 2007

Beyond traumatic injury and multiple sclerosis, what diseases and conditions affect the spinal cord?

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The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is most often associated with traumatic spinal-cord injury (SCI) or multiple sclerosis (MS). But rarer-yet equally important-diseases may qualify U.S. veterans for membership in the organization as well.

Last fall, a longtime PVA member and PN reader called the National Office with an unexpected but compelling question: "I have transverse myelitis. Why don't I ever see any information in PN for people like me?"

This caller's question raised an interesting point. Numerous types of diseases and disorders qualify veterans for PVA membership, but many people think only of SCI and MS as PVA's mission. The concerns of people with other spinal-cord conditions are not as widely reported. This article provides a broad overview of additional diseases and disorders that may make veterans eligible for PVA membership.

The article discusses these diseases and disorders and lists resources for more information.


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