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Painful tonic spasms and brainstem involvement in a patient with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder

Corina Roman-Filip, Aurelian Ungureanu, Mihaela Cernuşcă-Miţaru
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2015.10.010
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2016;50(1):55-58.

open access

Vol 50, No 1 (2016)
Case reports
Submitted: 2015-05-22

Abstract

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an inflammatory-demyelinating disease of the central nervous system classically characterized by optic neuritis and severe myelitis. New diagnostic criteria defined neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder as limited forms of NMO or diverse neurologic presentations in the presence of specific antiaquaporin-4 antibodies. We report the case of a 57-year-old woman admitted in our department for recurrent attacks of optic neuritis, tetraparesis with severe painful tonic spasms of the left limbs and brainstem involvement. Painful tonic spasms have been described as movement disorders associated with multiple sclerosis, but a growing number of reports describe them in cases of NMO.

Abstract

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an inflammatory-demyelinating disease of the central nervous system classically characterized by optic neuritis and severe myelitis. New diagnostic criteria defined neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder as limited forms of NMO or diverse neurologic presentations in the presence of specific antiaquaporin-4 antibodies. We report the case of a 57-year-old woman admitted in our department for recurrent attacks of optic neuritis, tetraparesis with severe painful tonic spasms of the left limbs and brainstem involvement. Painful tonic spasms have been described as movement disorders associated with multiple sclerosis, but a growing number of reports describe them in cases of NMO.

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Keywords

Painful tonic spasms, Neuromyelitis optica, Brainstem

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Title

Painful tonic spasms and brainstem involvement in a patient with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 50, No 1 (2016)

Pages

55-58

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2015.10.010

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2016;50(1):55-58.

Keywords

Painful tonic spasms
Neuromyelitis optica
Brainstem

Authors

Corina Roman-Filip
Aurelian Ungureanu
Mihaela Cernuşcă-Miţaru

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