Neuromyelitis optica unmasked by a spinal dural arteriovenous fistula

Brin Freund, Ellen M. Mowry, MCR, Michael Levy, Scott D. Newsome

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Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMO-SD) and spinal dural arteriovenous fistula (SDAVF) can both cause longitudinally extensive myelopathy. We describe a case of longitudinally extensive myelopathy attributed to a SDAVF. Despite treatment, myelopathy recurred and led to subsequent NMO-SD diagnosis. We consider a possible link between the two disorders which may shed light on the pathophysiology of NMO-SD. To our knowledge, this is the first published case of co-existent NMO-SD and SDAVF leading to myelopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-20
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neuroimmunology
StatePublished - Nov 15 2016


  • Devic's disease
  • Neuromyelitis optica
  • Spinal dural arteriovenous fistula
  • Transverse myelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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