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Devic disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Devic syndrome
  • Devic's neuromyelitis optica
  • Neuromyelitis optica
  • NMO
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How might Devic disease be treated?

There is no cure for Devic disease, but there are therapies to treat an attack while it is happening, to reduce symptoms, and to prevent relapses. Doctors usually treat an initial attack of Devic disease with a combination of a corticosteroid drug to stop the attack, and an immunosuppressive drug for prevention of additional attacks. If frequent relapses occur, some individuals may need to continue a low dose of steroids for longer periods. Plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) is a technique that separates antibodies out of the blood stream and is used with people who do not respond to corticosteroid therapy. Pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and bladder and bowel control problems can be managed with the appropriate medications and therapies. Individuals with major disability will require the combined efforts of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and social services professionals to address their complex rehabilitation needs.[1] 

The Transverse Myelitis Association provides additional information on the treatment options available for Devic disease.
Last updated: 4/9/2014

  1. NINDS Neuromyelitis Optica Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2007; Accessed 11/18/2009.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • lists trials that are studying or have studied Devic disease. Click on the link to go to to read descriptions of these studies.