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The Prevalence of Long Spinal Cord Lesions and Anti-Aquaporin 4 Antibodies in Neuromyelitis Optica Patients in Taiwan.
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PMID:  21273778     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background and Objective: It was the aim of this study to determine the prevalence of anti-aquaporin 4 antibody (anti-AQP4 Ab) and long spinal cord lesions in neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients in Taiwan. Asia has a relatively high rate of NMO compared with MS patients. Anti-AQP4 Ab is an important marker for NMO worldwide, but serological data and clinical profiles of NMO patients in Taiwan have not been reported. Methods: This retrospective study compared the clinical symptoms, demographics, spinal cord lesion length and AQP4 Ab status of 34 patients with NMO with 34 patients diagnosed with conventional MS. Results: Our NMO patients were predominantly middle-aged women (median age 45 years), exhibited many relapses (1.0/year) and displayed a higher Expanded Disability Status Scale score (4.75) than conventional MS patients. NMO patients exhibited long spinal cord lesions as detected by MRI. Forty-one percent of the NMO patients had detectable anti-AQP4 Ab. The Expanded Disability Status Scale score was significantly higher in AQP4 Ab- NMO patients. Conclusion: The prevalence of AQP4 Ab in a Taiwanese NMO group was 41%. Long spinal cord lesions and detection of AQP4 Ab helped to differentiate NMO patients from MS patients. Long spinal cord lesions with the anti-AQP4 Ab test may allow for an earlier diagnosis of NMO and improve therapeutic decisions.
Kai-Chen Wang; Ching-Piao Tsai; Chao-Lin Lee; Shao-Yuan Chen; Shyi-Jou Chen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  European neurology     Volume:  65     ISSN:  1421-9913     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0150760     Medline TA:  Eur Neurol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  99-104     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, National Defense Medical Center, Cheng Hsin General Hospital, Neurological Institute, Taipei-Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.
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