We report the unusual case of a 63-year-old man with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) type 31 who developed neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) 14 years after the onset of cerebellar symptoms. In addition to cerebellar atrophy, magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple high-intensity areas in the brain and a long thoracic cord lesion from Th1/2 to Th11. The combination of NMOSD and SCA31 is accidental. However, our case suggests that inflammatory processes could be involved in the pathogenesis of NMOSD and SCA31.
- Anti-aquaporin-4 antibody
- Autoimmune disease
- Central nervous system disease
- Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder
- Spinocerebellar ataxia type 31
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology