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Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) can mimic multiple sclerosis (MS). Avoiding misdiagnosis is crucial, because some disease-modifying drugs for MS can aggravate NMOSD, causing blindness and paraplegia. A recent study reports that misdiagnosis of NMOSD as MS occasionally occurs, and that a two-step antibody assay could improve differential diagnosis.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/nrneurol.2014.216

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nat Rev Neurol

Publication Date

12/2014

Volume

10

Pages

679 - 681

Keywords

Aquaporin 4, Diagnosis, Differential, Humans, Immunoglobulin G, Neuroimmunomodulation, Neuromyelitis Optica