Neuromyelitis optica with unusual vascular changes

Arch Neurol. 1984 Oct;41(10):1103-5. doi: 10.1001/archneur.1984.04050210105027.


A case of neuromyelitis optica had strikingly increased numbers of thickened, hyalinized small blood vessels, which were associated with cystic degeneration in the cervical spinal cord and the optic chiasm. These findings support the contention that neuromyelitis optica is a clinical syndrome rather than a distinct nosologic entity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Demyelinating Diseases / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuromyelitis Optica / pathology*
  • Spinal Cord / blood supply*
  • Spinal Cord / pathology