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Neuromyelitis Optica

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Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an uncommon disease in which there is inflammation in the optic nerves (optic neuritis) and the spinal cord (transverse myelitis). NMO leads to a loss of myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds nerve fibers (much like insulation) and helps nerve signals travel from cell to cell.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital neurologists are experts in the diagnosis of NMO and the management of patients' symptoms.

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