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is myasthenia gravis curable or only treatable with ongoing meds?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Treatable: Myasthenia gravis is a treatable condition but it is not curable. There are many treatments available. Generally it is best to see a specialist who can work with a patient to determine the best treatment course.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Possibly: About 1/3 can see spontaneous remission, 1/3 stabilize on chronic medications, and 1/3 have progressive difficulties. Chronic and/or longterm medications may aid but can have significant adverse impact on life and/or health. In appropriate candidates, minimally invasive thoracic surgery to remove thymus (thymectomy) can possibly cure or stabilize disease or decrease amount and/or types of meds.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is myasthenia gravis?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Fatigable weakness: Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that disrupts the neuromuscular junction, so that when motor nerves fire the muscle fibers do not reliably contract. It manifests as a "fatigable weakness" (one that gets worse with sustained effort) that can involve the limbs, the cranial nerves (hoarseness, double vision, difficulty swallowing), or, in some dangerous cases, muscles of breathing.
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Why arent my medications for myasthenia gravis working?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Is it myasthenia?: While you may well have a particularly difficult-to-treat case, it is important to confirm that you do indeed have myasthenia. If you have a positive antibody test, the diagnosis more assured. If not, a more extensive workup might be indicated. The most sensitive electrodiagnostic test for myasthenia is a single-fiber emg, which can be performed by a neuromuscular specialist.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Who can develop myasthenia gravis?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Women>men: Before the age of 40 mg is 3x more common in women, but at older ages both sexes are equally affected. Familial cases are rare. Congenital mg in children are rarely encountered. Their mothers are asymptomatic, and the condition is often familial. Limb weakness is present but eye movement weakness is the dominant sign. There are also neonatal forms characterized by weak suck, and juvenile forms.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How serious is myasthenia gravis?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Usually very serious: Myasthenia gravis is typically seen in the young and the elderly. In the latter group, they typically have ocular mg, that is there symptoms are confined to the eye muscles. In the young, symptoms include muscle weakness, breathing difficulties, swallowing difficulties, visual problems(double vision, droopy eye lids), problems chewing. Symptoms worsen during the day.If not treated, it can be fatal.
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What are the symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Weakness: Characteristically, it is a disease affecting nerve and muscle connections, and may initially present with double vision, drooping of eyelids, and weakness involving arms and legs. Repetitive usage of muscles can result in increased weakness and increased lid drooping and double vision. If the problem intensifies, difficulty with breathing can occur, and this may become critical.

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