How is acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) diagnosed?

It might be hard to diagnose AFM because it resembles other neurological conditions. The following tests may be used:

  • Physical examination and patient history
  • An MRI of the spinal cord and brain
  • Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) removal and testing
  • Nerve response testing like nerve conduction velocity (nerve speed) tests
  • Muscle response tests like electromyography
  • Tests of bodily fluids like blood or mucus

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