I am in the military and I am search of info in regards to NMO. The military does not specifically recognize NMO so I must find an analogous disease to present to them. What disease or illness would be a great analogy to NMO just for the purpose of giving military medical personnel a better understanding.
NMO stands for NeuroMyelitis Optica. It is a recognized as a distinct disease entity by ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnostic criteria. These are federal medicare billing codes, so it is hard to understand why the military would not recognize this diagnosis. As a disease state it is more akin to CNS vasculitis than Multiple Sclerosis. Pathologically NMO is a humorally mediated, autoimmune disease with a pathogenic autoantibody directed against the Aquaporin 4 receptor in over 65 % of cases.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Director of Hillcrest Neurology
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego