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Neuromyelitis Optica


Synonyms of Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Devic disease
  • Devic syndrome
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Opthalmoneuromyelitis
  • Optic Neuroencephalomyelopathy
  • Optic Neuromyelitis
  • Opticomyelitis
  • Retrobulbar Neuropathy

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Neuromyelitis optica, also known as Devic disease (DD), is a chronic disorder of nerve tissue characterized by inflammation of the optic nerve (optic neuritis) and inflammation of the spinal cord (myelitis). There appear to be two forms of this disease. In the classical, but less common type, there is a series of attacks over a short period of time (days or weeks) but, after the initial outburst, there are seldom repeat incidents. The second form is more common and is characterized by repeated attacks separated by periods of remission. In this form, the interval between attacks may be weeks, months or years. In its early stages, Devic disease may be confused with multiple sclerosis.

    Organizations related to Neuromyelitis Optica
    • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
      22100 Gratiot Avenue
      Eastpointe MI 48021
      Phone #: 586-776-3900
      800 #: 800-598-4668
      e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
      Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
    • AutoImmunity Community
      None
      None None None
      Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
      Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
    • Devic's Support
      107 Woodside Manor
      Carmichaels PA 15320
      Phone #: N/A
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: gmitchell@myelitis.org or grace53a@gmail.com
      Home page: http://groups.google.com/group/Devics-support?pli=1
    • NIH/National Eye Institute
      Building 31 Rm 6A32
      Bethesda MD 20892-2510
      Phone #: 301-496-5248
      800 #: --
      e-mail: 2020@nei.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.nei.nih.gov/
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
      31 Center Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-2540
      Phone #: 301-496-5751
      800 #: 800-352-9424
      e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
    • Transverse Myelitis Association
      1787 Sutter Parkway
      Powell OH 43065-8806
      Phone #: 614-766-1806
      800 #: --
      e-mail: ssiegel@myelitis.org
      Home page: http://www.myelitis.org



    For a Complete Report

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