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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Neuromyelitis Optica


Other Names for this Disease
  • Devic syndrome
  • NMO
  • Devic's neuromyelitis optica
  • Devic disease
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Your Question

I know my neuromyelitis optica 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 neuromyelitis optica while pregnant, could I pass the condition on to my baby?

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.[1]
Last updated: 12/5/2014

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