Oct 7, 2019

Long-term outcome and prognosis in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder from Serbia

Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
Jelena DrulovicTatjana Pekmezovic


Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) most commonly, although not exclusively, targets optic nerves and spinal cord. Untreated, early and severe disability is common. We evaluated the long-term outcome in NMOSD patients diagnosed according to the 2015 criteria. We retrospectively analyzed 74 patients from the hospital-based NMOSD cohort at the Clinic of Neurology, Belgrade, Serbia, who fulfilled the 2015 NMOSD criteria. We identified patients based on 2015 criteria; 51.4% of whom would not have fulfilled 2006 criteria. Median follow-up was 6.9 years. Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) IgG was tested in all patients using a cell-based indirect immunofluorescence assay. The level of neurological disability was assessed by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score, and by Opticospinal Impairment Scale (OSIS), visual acuity (VA) and motor function subscores. The disease course was monophasic in 17.6% patients and relapsing in the remainder; none developed progressive disease. AQP4-IgG was detected in 89.2% of patients. 45 of 74 patients were treated with immunosuppressants, 40 with azathioprine, 3 with mycophenolate mofetil, 1 with cyclophosphamide, 1 with mitoxantrone, and 2 patients with rituximab. The median intervals from onse...Continue Reading

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Mycophenolate mofetil
Kurtzke Multiple Sclerosis Rating Scale
Optic Neuritis
Motor Function
Visual Acuity

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