Important It is possible that the main title of the report Neuromyelitis Optica is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Neuromyelitis optica, also known as Devic disease (DD), is a chronic disorder of nerve tissue characterized by inflammation of the optic nerve (optic neuritis) and inflammation of the spinal cord (myelitis). There appear to be two forms of this disease. In the classical, but less common type, there is a series of attacks over a short period of time (days or weeks) but, after the initial outburst, there are seldom repeat incidents. The second form is more common and is characterized by repeated attacks separated by periods of remission. In this form, the interval between attacks may be weeks, months or years. In its early stages, Devic disease may be confused with multiple sclerosis.
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. 22100 Gratiot Ave. East Detroit, MI 48021 Tel: (586)776-3900 Fax: (586)776-3903 Tel: (800)598-4668 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.aarda.org/
Transverse Myelitis Association 1787 Sutter Parkway Tacoma, OH 43065-8806 USA Tel: (614)766-1806 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.myelitis.org
NIH/National Eye Institute 31 Center Dr MSC 2510 Bethesda, MD 20892-2510 United States Tel: (301)496-5248 Fax: (301)402-1065 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke P.O. Box 5801 Bethesda, MD 20824 Tel: (301)496-5751 Fax: (301)402-2186 Tel: (800)352-9424 TDD: (301)468-5981 Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center PO Box 8126 Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126 Tel: (301)251-4925 Fax: (301)251-4911 Tel: (888)205-2311 TDD: (888)205-3223 Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/
Devic's Support 107 Woodside Manor Carmichaels, PA 15320 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://groups.google.com/group/Devics-support?pli=1
AutoImmunity Community Email: email@example.com Internet: http://www.autoimmunitycommunity.org
Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation All Greater Good Foundation 8910 University Center Lane, Suite 725 San Diego, CA 92122 Tel: (858)638-7638 Fax: (858)638-7698 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: http://www.guthyjacksonfoundation.org
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