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Neuromyelitis optica: current concepts
Dean M Wingerchuk1
Multiple Sclerosis Center, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, 13400 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA.
DOI: 10.2741/1267 Volume 9 Issue 1, pp.834-840
Published: 01 January 2004
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Inflammatory disorders of the nervous system)

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO; Devic's syndrome or Devic's disease) is a clinically defined disorder consisting of optic neuritis (ON) in combination with myelitis. Its nosological relationship to other central nervous system demyelinating diseases remains uncertain. Advances in understanding of its natural history and pathophysiology may eventually allow determination of whether idiopathic NMO represents a specific disease. This article summarizes recent progress in these areas of NMO research.

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Dean M Wingerchuk. Neuromyelitis optica: current concepts. Frontiers in Bioscience-Landmark. 2004. 9(1); 834-840.