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13 - Neuromyelitis optica: case report

Nurgül Gürgen, Destina Yalçın, Salim Taner Gözükızıl, Deniz Polisci

Objective: Neuromyelitis optica or Devic’s disease is a rare inflammatory demyelinating autoimmune disease of the central nervous system which affects the spinal cord and optic nerves and usually associated with increased disability and morbidity. The purpose of this case report is to present this rare disease and focus on the diagnosis criteria.

Case: A 63-year-old female patient defining visual loss 4 months ago and admitted to our clinic with prominent quadriparesis of the upper extremities was evaluated with examination, laboratory findings, and MRI and diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica.

Result: The case which was diagnosed according to the new and old criteria with detected previous optic neuritis, transverse myelitis and particularly aquaporin 4 positivity and its differential diagnosis were discussed in the light of the literature.

Keywords: Devic’s disaese, neuromyelitis optica, transverse myelopathy

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