Neuromyelitis optica care at Mayo Clinic

  • Your Mayo Clinic care team. Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary approach ensures that you have a team of specialists collaborating on all aspects of your care. 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.
  • Advanced care. Mayo Clinic researchers discovered a specific marker of NMO — an autoantibody called NMO-IgG (aquaporin-4 antibody — AQP4). This antibody may help with the diagnosis of neuromyelitis optica. It can also help identify NMO from multiple sclerosis.
  • Nationally recognized expertise. Although NMO is relatively uncommon, Mayo Clinic doctors treat more than 170 people with NMO annually, either on-site or through coordination with individuals' doctors at home.

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

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat more than 3,500 adults and children with neuromyelitis optica and other central nervous system disorders, including multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis, transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. Although NMO is rare, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 170 people with NMO each year. That care is given on-site or through coordination with individuals' doctors at home.
  • Pediatric center. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has recognized Mayo Clinic's campus 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.
  • Innovative research. Neurologists and scientists at Mayo Clinic discovered an autoantibody, NMO-IgG, that is a specific marker of NMO. This autoantibody may help doctors diagnose neuromyelitis optica, and can help identify the disorder from multiple sclerosis. Our commitment to expand knowledge for all people with NMO drives current research, as well as our clinical trials of new therapies.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery and is ranked high performing for ophthalmology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's Neurology department's expertise and rankings.

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Dec. 15, 2017

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