Low Myo-inositol indicating astrocytic damage in a case series of neuromyelitis optica

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Astrocytic necrosis is a prominent pathological feature of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) lesions and is clinically relevant. We report 5 NMO-related cases, all with longitudinally extensive lesions in the upper cervical cord, who underwent cervical cord 1H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Lower myo-inositol/creatine values, suggesting astrocytic damage, were consistently found within the NMO lesions when compared with healthy controls and patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), who showed at least 1 demyelinating lesion at the same cord level. Therefore, the in vivo quantification of myo-inositol may distinguish NMO from MS. This is an important step toward developing imaging markers for clinical trials in NMO. Ann Neurol 2013;74:301–305

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