Kathleen Hawker, MD, Group Medical Director at Genentech, describes the pathophysiology and common symptoms of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disease (NMOSD), and how they differ from multiple sclerosis.

NMOSD is a rare autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that damages the optic nerve and spinal cord, causing blindness, muscle weakness, and paralysis.

Since NMOSD is often misdiagnosed as MS, it is imperative that clinicians be aware of the pathophysiology of the two conditions and understand that targeted therapies for NMOSD are in development that address its underlying pathophysiology.

For more information about this and other neurological conditions, visit checkrare.com/diseases/neurology/


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