There is no evidence to suggest that neuromyelitis optica 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 neuromyelitis optica) can be transmitted during pregnancy. These risks should be discussed with a healthcare provider.
Neuromyelitis optica is not thought to be inherited in most cases, and only 3% of people with this condition have a family member who is also affected.
Last updated: 12/5/2014
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