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How is neuromyelitis optica treated?

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There's no cure for NMO, but you can do things to feel better or treat an attack. Symptoms often get better with steroids or corticosteroids that help with inflammation. Other drugs may help keep your body from fighting off the good cells and prevent future attacks.

You also might need several medicines to treat symptoms such as pain or bladder or bowel issues.

Your doctor also might suggest a treatment called plasmapheresis. This is when your blood is circulated through a machine that gets rid of the antibodies.

From: What Is Neuromyelitis Optica? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic -- Diseases and Conditions: "Devic's Disease."

Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation: "NMO Fact Sheet," "NMO Patient Resource Guide."

Mayo Clinic: "Neuromyelitis Optica."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Understanding Autoimmune Diseases."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Neuromyelitis Optica."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Neuromyelitis Optica."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic -- Diseases and Conditions: "Devic's Disease."

Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation: "NMO Fact Sheet," "NMO Patient Resource Guide."

Mayo Clinic: "Neuromyelitis Optica."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Understanding Autoimmune Diseases."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Neuromyelitis Optica."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Neuromyelitis Optica."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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