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June 1984

Neuromyelitis Optica in the Elderly

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver (Drs Filley and Sternberg); and the Department of Pathology, University of Miami School of Medicine (Dr Norenberg). Dr Filley is now a fellow at the Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Arch Neurol. 1984;41(6):670-672. doi:10.1001/archneur.1984.04210080082019

• Blindness and quadriparesis developed in an elderly woman whose symptoms began at the age of 69 years. Postmortem examination revealed extensive demyelinative lesions in the optic nerves and spinal cord. The clinical and pathologic findings were consistent with the diagnosis of neuromyelitis optica (NMO). This case serves to document that NMO and presumably typical multiple sclerosis can occur initially at an advanced age.

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