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Devic disease


Other Names for this Disease

  • Devic syndrome
  • Devic's neuromyelitis optica
  • Neuromyelitis optica
  • NMO
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Your Question

I know my condition is not contagious via personal contact, but if had the condition while pregnant could my daughter have it also?

Our Answer

We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.

If I had Devic disease while pregnant, could I pass the condition on to my baby?

There is no evidence to suggest that Devic disease can be transmitted to a baby through pregnancy or delivery. Infectious conditions like HIV or cytomegalovirus (which have been linked to a few cases of Devic disease) can be transmitted during pregnancy. These risks should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

It may be possible that affected people have a genetic predisposition to the condition. There have been a few case reports describing families with more than one affected member.[1] However, to date no specific genetic risk factors have been identified and specific risks to family members is unknown.
Last updated: 12/5/2014

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Devic syndrome
  • Devic's neuromyelitis optica
  • Neuromyelitis optica
  • NMO
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.