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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

Dr. Julian Bragg
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Myasthenia Gravis (Definition)

A chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) ...Read more


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In which subtype of congenital myasthenia do symptoms improve over time?

In which subtype of congenital myasthenia do symptoms improve over time?

Myasthenia gravis: Transient myasthenia of the newborn improves rapidly after birth .It is present in 10-15 percent of babies born with myasthenia and usually clears up. ...Read more

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Can you have complete cure of myasthenia gravis?

Can you have complete cure of myasthenia gravis?

Yes: Often, people may experience complete remission of mg. The thymus gland is sometimes removed which is believed to help promote complete remission in many people. Best of luck. ...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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What is the effect of HIV on a patient with myasthenia gravis?

What is the effect of HIV on a patient with myasthenia gravis?

Very unfortunate: Both can be rather bad diseases, and both would need specific treatments. The co-morbidities could adversely affect each other. And medications would need careful adjustments. ...Read more

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How does the pathology of multiple sclerosis compare to that of myasthenia gravis?

How does the pathology of multiple sclerosis compare to that of myasthenia gravis?

They are different: Myasthenia gravis and multiple sclerosis are entirely different illnesses. Their symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and pathology are different. In MG, there are antibodies that block the neuromuscular junction. This normally causes weakness and fatigue. In MS, there are lesions of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves that affect various neurological functions. ...Read more

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Would the severity of symptoms of myasthenia gravis be visible in any blood tests?

May be: Severity of myasthenia gravis is a clinical issue and does not need lab tests. However lab tests are useful in diagnosis. See this site for more info. http://www.arupconsult.com/topics/mg.html. ...Read more

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Have drooping eyelids what are the chance it is due to myasthenia gravis will that effect\ my afib or essential tremor if blood test is positive?

Have drooping eyelids what are the chance it is due to myasthenia gravis will that effect\ my afib or essential tremor if blood test is positive?

MG: It is quite possible that droopy eyelids could be myasthenia gravis but it shouldn't necessarily affect afib. However, tremor might be accentuated during periods of fatigue with mg. ...Read more

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Does Parkinson's result in a breakdown of the body being able to cure itself?

Does Parkinson's result in a breakdown of the body being able to cure itself?

Yes: Parkinson disease is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system that affects cells in the brain associated with movement. Once the cells are lost they cannot be regenerated and you will see a decline in motor function. Medications, surgery and other management can provide relief and sometimes improve symptoms, but the cells cannot be replaced and the disease cannot be fully cured. ...Read more

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Since myasthenia gravis is a systemic autoimmune disease, why does it often present with asymmetrical ptosis (instead of bilateral)?

Since myasthenia gravis is a systemic autoimmune disease, why does it often present with asymmetrical ptosis (instead of bilateral)?

Fluctuating weakness: Myasthenia is a neuromuscular disease characterized by fluctuating weakness, not all muscles are affected at the same time or to similar degrees. ...Read more

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How will myasthenia gravis affect the body?

Fatigable weakness: The hallmark of myasthenia is "fatigable weakness", meaning that muscles get weaker with prolonged use. Typical symptoms include double vision, droopy eyelids, or weakness of the limbs, all worse with activity or at the end of the day. It can also cause difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing, which can be extremely dangerous. ...Read more

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Unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm right lung does not work How high lung capacity such patients with unilateral paralysis does people have ?

Unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm right lung does not work How high lung capacity such patients with unilateral paralysis does people have ?

Not too bad: You need to know why the diaphragm does not work. Your right lung does not stop working just because the diaphragm does. A person can live a normal life and do normal sports on one lung if need be. Your doctor can do a full pulmonary (lung) function test that can tell you your real reserve. It may have been done already. You can ask your MD that is taking care of you about this. ...Read more

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1. What percentage of the time does cidp or gb present without significant associated muscle weakness. 2. How can cidp or gb effect smooth muscle. ?

1. What percentage of the time does cidp or gb present without significant associated muscle weakness.
2. How can cidp or gb effect smooth muscle. ?

See below: Commonly gbs starts with numbness and tingling that is bilateral and starting at the toes (variants of the disease differ in symptoms). Weakness has to be present for it to be gbs. Cidp is less predictable: weakness may not be present for a couple years. In these diseases peripheral nerves are stripped of myelin (the coating that allows for nerve transmission). Smooth muscle is not affected. ...Read more

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Can removal of thymus make mystinia gravis patient normal?

Can removal of thymus make mystinia gravis patient normal?

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. ...Read more

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Why would inhibitors of cholisterase help alleviate symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

Why would inhibitors of cholisterase help alleviate symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

See below: Myasthenia gravisis an autoimmune disease causing antibodies for the muscle receptor for acetylcholine which is the neurotransmitter resonsible for signal transmission between a nerve and muscle.Cholinesterase is an enzyme that breaks down actyl choline after it has done its job at the junction between muscle and nerve.If the enzyme is suppressed there is more ach around and this helps with sympt. ...Read more

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My lab results show very low Immunoglobulin A, I have symptoms of autoimmune disease. Does the immunoglobulin play a role? How?

My lab results show very low Immunoglobulin A, I have symptoms of autoimmune disease. Does the immunoglobulin play a role? How?

Genetics: There's a statistical link between low / absent IgA and a proclivity to a couple of the autoimmune diseases. Here the knowledge stops. If you have no solid lab evidence to support a diagnosis of lupus, and you don't have physical findings for scleroderma, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, or autoimmune hepatitis, don't let anxiety over this trouble you. ...Read more

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How does stress effect or weaken the immune system, especially in a cancer recovery patient?

How does stress effect or weaken the immune system, especially in a cancer recovery patient?

Very complex things: There's a big difference between acute ; chronic stress. The hypothalamic-pituitary axis has vital responses to ensure survival in acute stress -- and these responses are very connected to immune responses. Cortisol, epinephrine, and ne pour out, stimulating lymph nodes ; spleen; interleukins stimulate immune cells to secrete cytokines. In a chronic stress feedback loop, these can be suppressed. ...Read more

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What is done to improve the immune system of a cystic fibrosis patient?

What is done to improve the immune system of a cystic fibrosis patient?

Cystic fibrosis: CF is a genetic defect and at this time, it cannot be repaired. Companies such as sangamo pharmaceuticals are working on cures for mono-genetic diseases, and maybe someday a cure could become available. ...Read more

Dr. Loki Skylizard
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