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What are the symptoms of neuromyelitis optica?

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The signs of NMO fall into two categories. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

Children who have NMO may seem confused, have seizures, or fall into a coma.

  • Optic neuritis, or inflammation of the optic nerve. You might feel sudden pain inside your eye. That can be followed by problems like not seeing clearly or even blindness. It usually happens only in one eye, but it can happen in both.
  • Transverse myelitis, or inflammation of the spinal cord. This can cause problems with your arms and legs, including pain, weakness, numbness, or paralysis. It also can lead to loss of control of your bladder and bowel. You could have nausea, vomiting, hiccups, a stiff neck, or a headache.

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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