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 might help with the diagnosis of neuromyelitis optica. It can also help distinguish NMO from multiple sclerosis.

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat both 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 190 people with NMO each year. That care is given on-site or through coordination with individuals' doctors at home.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks among the Best Hospitals 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 Department of Neurology's expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

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Costs and insurance

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In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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