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can removal of thymus make mystinia gravis patient normal?

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Dr. Natarajan Raman
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Yes it may: The thymus gland — a part of your immune system situated in the upper chest beneath the breastbone — may trigger or maintain the production of these antibodies. Although the gland is large in infancy, it is small in healthy adults. But, in some adults with myasthenia gravis, the thymus is abnormally large. Often times removal of the thymus may improve patient symptoms and disease.

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