Complications of Myasthenia Gravis

 

Myasthenic crisis - the respiratory muscles become so weak that the patient cannot breathe properly. This is potentially a life-threatening complication and requires emergency treatment with mechanical breathing assistance. Plasmaphoresis and immunoglobulin therapies, as well as medications help patients recover.

Thymus tumors - approximately 15% of Myasthenia Gravis patients have a tumor in the thymus gland. In most cases it is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor. This is treatable.

Thyroid problems - the thyroid gland secretes hormones that regulate our metabolism; it is located in the neck. Myasthenia Gravis patients may have either an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or an underactive one (hypothyroidism).

Lupus - an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs.

Rheumatoid arthritis - a chronic (long lasting), progressive and disabling auto-immune disease condition that causes inflammation (swelling) and pain in the joints, the tissue around the joints, and other organs in the human body. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the joints in the hands and feet first, but any joint may become affected. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis commonly have stiff joints and feel generally unwell and tired.

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Signs & Symptoms of Myasthenia

 

Causes of Myasthenia Gravis

   

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder, in which antibodies circulating in the blood cause weakness by blocking
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A symptom is something the patient feels and reports, while a sign is something other people, such as the doctor detect.
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Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease, an illness that develops when the person's body tissues are attacked by their
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Diagnosing Myasthenia Gravis

 

Treatment options for Myasthenia Gravis

 

   

Patients who experience undue weakness which improves with rest have the hallmark signs of Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
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There is no cure for myasthenia gravis. However, most therapies (treatments) are very effective in controlling symptoms.
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