Jornal de Pediatria
Print version ISSN 0021-7557
On-line version ISSN 1678-4782
SILVA, Alexandre R. da et al. Devic disease: a case report. J. Pediatr. (Rio J.) [online]. 2001, vol.77, n.6, pp.522-524. ISSN 0021-7557. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0021-75572001000600017.
OBJECTIVE: to report a case of Devic disease, emphasizing its diagnosis, in addition to reviewing the medical literature. DESCRIPTION: male, six-year-old patient suddenly developed weakness in lower limbs, with resolution during hospital stay. However, as the weakness disappeared, loss of vision occurred. The symptoms were reverted after the use of prednisone. COMMENTS: the diagnostic and therapeutic approach was similar to that used in other cases reported by different reference centers. In other words, clinical diagnosis and prednisone therapy were used, with the complete improvement of symptoms. However, there is still some controversy surrounding its etiology and relationship with other demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis.
Keywords : neuromyelitis optica; demyelinating diseases; prednisone.