Also known as Devic's Disease
, NMO attacks the optic nerves and spinal cord, causing vision and sensory loss, paralysis of the extremities, and potentially worse.
(neuromyelitis optica) is pathologically similar to MS but results in demyelination of the optic nerve and spinal cord.
Some of the inflammatory diseases states reported are Sjogren's syndrome (SS), neurosarcoid, Devic's disease
, or SLE as in our case.
These findings confirmed a diagnosis of NMO or Devic's disease
Both optic nerve and spinal cord involvement are observed in patients with Devic's disease
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum: novel concept of pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of Devic's disease
She has Devic's disease
- a rare condition which attacks the optic nerve and spinal cord causing blindness and paralysis.
Recognition that Devic's disease
(aka neuromyelitis optica) and its variants are distinct from MS constitutes a significant advance.
Last November, Nicola was diagnosed with Devic's disease
, by which time she had regained her sight.
She died July 3 of Devic's disease
and multiple sclerosis at age 63.
Carlos has a form of multiple sclerosis that is sometimes referred to as Devic's disease
Most experts consider Devic's disease
to be a more severe variant of multiple sclerosis; however, this continues to be a point of controversy.