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Contributors KOC: data collection and analysis and draft of manuscript. AH-S: data collection and analysis and review of final manuscript. MW and PW: laboratory data collection, analysis and critical appraisal of final manuscript. SM, RM, SR and MIL: data collection and critical appraisal of final manuscript. JP project conception and design and critical appraisal of the final manuscript.
Funding We gratefully acknowledge the Highly Specialised Commissioning Team of the National Health Service for funding the Neuromyelitis Optica service in Oxford.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Ethics approval All patients involved in this study, signed written consent of the NMO Tissue Bank (Oxford Research Ethics Committee C Ref: 10/H0606/56).
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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