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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
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