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How does thymectomy result in a decrease of myastenia gravis symptoms?

How does thymectomy result in a decrease of myastenia gravis symptoms?

Unknown: Removing the thymus may help regulate the immune system and prevent autoimmune injury from myasthenia. ...Read more

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How does thymectomy treat myastenia gravis?

How does thymectomy treat myastenia gravis?

Removing a source: In select patients, a thymectomy may lead to a significant reduction in symptoms by removing the organ responsible for producing antibodies responsible for initiating symptoms. This works better in patients who have had some response to medical therapy, and who have an enlarged thymus gland, but this is not absolute. Before choosing this option, you should discuss this with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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Did thymectomy so what are the chances that I have a relapse of myasthenia gravis?

Did thymectomy so what are the chances that I have a relapse of myasthenia gravis?

Generally small: Thymectomy may be curative. Generally patients may demonstrate 1. Cure, 2. Asymptomatic on medications, 3. Stable symptoms on medications and/or decreased medications. Risk factors for return of mg after surgery may be associated with presence of thymoma at time of surgery and/or incomplete thymectomy. This link may help: http://goo.Gl/3xxmd. ...Read more

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Had thymectomy. What are the chances that I could have a relapse of myasthenia gravis?

Had thymectomy. What are the chances that I could have a relapse of myasthenia gravis?

Rare: Occasionally some tiny remnants of the thymus gland remain after the surgical removal, and it is thought that these are responsible for continuing myesthenia gravis. But it is very rare. ...Read more

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How many of you Dr's believe that Myasthenia gravis progresses/worsens over time? Would LOVE opinions please!Had thymectomy &on meds. Have had 14 yrs

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Myasthenia: With treatment, you can expect normal life expectancy, except in cases of Malignant Thymoma. Thymectomy brings long-term remission. Symptoms fluctuate, but do not always get worse over time. ...Read more

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Why would a thymectomy not be done on an otherwise healthy 18 yr old suffering with generalised myasthenia gravis? Thank you for taking time to reply

Thymectomy is option: Thymectomy is a good option in the treatment of myasthenia gravis. It can result in remission of symptoms in many patients. Patients with just ocular involvement often do not need surgery, but otherwise unless there is a contraindications for surgery thymectomy would be a good option. ...Read more

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I have myasthenia gravis (had thymectomy for thymic hyperplasia). Why do I lose weight whenever i'm on prednisone?

I have myasthenia gravis (had thymectomy for thymic hyperplasia). Why do I lose weight whenever i'm on prednisone?

Good question: Usually it is the opposite. Would have to see what else is associated. Things to consider diet, other illness, over active thyroid unmasked by steroids , other medications, malabsorption. We need more information to explain this. ...Read more

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Does thymectomy help in the treatment of mysthenia gravis? Give your answer in the context if there is thymus enlargement on CT scan.

Does thymectomy help in the treatment of mysthenia gravis? Give your answer in the context if there is thymus  enlargement on CT scan.

Complicated: Has never been rigourously studied, and discovered coincidentally after thymoma removed in a patient with myasthenia. Sometimes, thymectomy helps a patient even if no thymoma, and if malignant thymus tumor, has to be removed and it too, may improve myasthenia. In essence, if myasthenia gravis, consider thymectomy if things are not doing well. ...Read more

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Is a big scar left after thymectomy?

Is a big scar left after thymectomy?

Not always: Many thymectomies can be done minimally invasively with small incisions and a high definition camera. ...Read more

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