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In this MD Newsline exclusive interview with neurologist Dr. Mitzi Williams, we discuss how neurologists can help rectify NMOSD disparities. We also discuss the importance of testing for anti-MOG syndrome in a patient with suspected NMOSD.

MD Newsline:

How would you recommend neurologists help rectify NMOSD disparities? 

Dr. Mitzi Williams:

“First, we need to make sure we’re working up and diagnosing our patients appropriately. Like MS, NMOSD is a disease you have to have some suspicion for. Unfortunately, because the symptoms can be more dramatic and the recovery can be poor, it can be easier to diagnose patients with NMOSD. But we still need to do the best we can to support equitable outcomes. We can do so by working with our social workers and case managers to ensure our patients have access to the care they need.”

 

MD Newsline:

Is there anything else you would like to speak on that we have not already covered? 

Dr. Mitzi Williams:

“I want to touch more on anti-MOG syndrome, which can present very similarly to NMOSD. When we suspect NMOSD, we should also do an antibody test for anti-MOG syndrome, especially when a patient with suspected NMOSD tests negatively (for aquaporin-4 antibody).

Lastly, I’m excited by the great science and collaboration going on to better understand and treat NMOSD to prevent long-term disability.”

 

Responses have been condensed and lightly edited.

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