Reducing Attacks and Neuropathic Pain in NMOSD

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Patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) experience unpredictable episodes of inflammation involving the optic nerve, spine, or both. Debilitating neuropathic pain accompanies the healing process, which lasts anywhere from 2 to 6 months after an attack.

In this ReCAP, Dr Michael Levy, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, outlines the heavy psychological and economic burdens associated with NMOSD and reports on three new targeted therapies that have been approved to prevent relapse and delay disease progression.

He then looks at current pharmaceutical treatments for NMOSD pain, before reporting promising trial data exploring transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation as a safe and cost-effective treatment for neuropathic pain.


Michael Levy, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Michael Levy, MD, PhD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:

Serve(d) as a director, officer, partner, employee, advisor, consultant, or trustee for: Alexion; Horizon; Genentech; UCB; Sanofi; Quest

Received research grant from: National Institutes of Health; Sanofi; Genentech; Horizon; Alexion

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