[Treatment and new evidences
in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder
Illés Zs, MD, PhD
Ideggyogy Sz 2021;74(9–10):309–321.
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is associated with antibodies against AQP4 in about 80% of the cases. In about one-fourth of seronegative cases, antibodies against the MOG protein are present in the serum (MOG-antibody associated disease, MOGAD).
This article discusses off-label azathioprine and mycophenolate mofetil in the treatment of NMOSD and reviews the evidence-based clinical aspects of B/plasma cell depletion, antagonization of IL-6 signaling and blocking the complement pathway. The review also summarizes basic aspects of NMOSD pregnancy focusing on treatment, and the different therapeutic approach in MOGAD.
In the recent two years, phase 3 clinical trials provided class I evidence for the efficacy and safety of rituximab (anti-CD20), inebilizumab (anti-CD19), tocilizumab (anti-IL6R), satralizumab (anti-IL6R), and eculizumab (anti-C5) in combination with other immunosuppressants or in monotherapy.
The treatment approach in MOGAD is complicated by the monophasic course in about half of the cases and by the potential disappearance of MOG antibody. The necessity of maintenance treatment in MOGAD should be decided after tapered oral steroid.
Immunosuppression is recommended in NMOSD during pregnancy and lactation, and this should be considered for optimal selection of treatment in fertile female patients.
The new monoclonal antibodies broadened treatment options NMOSD, and the treatment strategy of MOGAD has become more straightforward.]