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Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2010 Nov-Dec;32(6):648.e5-8. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2010.07.009.

Neuromyelitis optica, psychiatric symptoms and primary polydipsia: a case report.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.


Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an aggressive demyelinating disease that typically affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. While it is increasingly recognized that cerebral lesions are common in NMO, there have been no reported cases of NMO presenting with psychiatric symptoms and polydipsia. We describe a patient with classic signs and symptoms of NMO who also demonstrated prominent psychiatric symptoms and polydipsia that were tied to his flares and resolved with treatment of his NMO. This case expands our understanding of possible presentations of NMO.

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