There is no cure for NMO, but NewYork-Presbyterian physicians offer patients therapies to control their symptoms and reduce the incidence of relapses. Patients may receive steroid drugs to control inflammation and treat an acute attack of NMO symptoms.

Our doctors offer plasma exchange (plasmapheresis), a technique that cleanses the NMO-IgG antibodies from the patient's blood. They also use medications that modify the production of NMO-IgG, such as rituximab (Rituxan®) and azathioprine (Imuran®).


Research is under way to find better ways to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure rare neurological syndromes such as NMO.