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Chicago woman grateful to see Mayo Clinic doctor

Treatment for neurological condition restores her vision Grace Jeffers was happy – really happy – to see her physician, Brian Weinshenker, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurologist. Jeffers has neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a rare neurological disorder that attacks cells in the optic nerve and spinal cord. The disease took her vision. At Mayo Clinic, it was [...]

  • Expertise and experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat more than 3,500 adults and children with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and other central nervous system disorders including multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis, transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.

    Although NMO is relatively uncommon, Mayo Clinic doctors have treated more than 900 people with NMO, either on-site or through coordination with individuals' doctors at home.

  • Team approach. Doctors trained in brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists), eye and nervous system conditions (neuro-ophthalmologists), physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), pain medicine, laboratory medicine and other areas work together to evaluate and treat people with NMO and related disorders.
  • Pediatric center. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has recognized the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota as a Pediatric MS Center of Excellence. The multidisciplinary center focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children with multiple sclerosis, NMO and other central nervous system disorders.

    Doctors trained in treating children with brain and nervous system conditions (pediatric neurologists) evaluate and treat children with NMO at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

  • Research discoveries. Neurologists and scientists at Mayo Clinic discovered an autoantibody, NMO-IgG, that is a specific marker of NMO. This antibody may help doctors diagnose neuromyelitis optica, and can help identify the disorder from multiple sclerosis.

    Studies of NMO at Mayo Clinic are focused on finding new tests to help diagnose affected people as early as possible, enhancing understanding of the disease and improving treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks #1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for rehabilitation and is ranked high performing for ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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