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New blood test enable diagnosis of Devic's syndrome

Neuromyelitis optica or Devic's syndrome is often misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis. It affects optic nerves and spinal cord and frequently causes blindness. Blindness occurs 50% of patients to lose sight in at least one eye. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed a blood test capable of diagnosing the condition. Early diagnosis allows early treatment using immune suppressive mediations. Some countries have a misdiagnosis rate for the condition of 30%.

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About: New blood test enable diagnosis of Devic's syndrome

Date: 13 December 2004

Source: Newswise


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