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Is Myasthenia Gravis Fatal
Unknown: In most cases, myasthenia gravis is not inherited and occurs in people with no history of the disorder in their family. About 3 to 5 percent of affected individuals have other family members with myasthenia gravis or other autoimmune disorders, but the inheritance pattern is unknown. For more info please review the following: http://www.Myasthenia.Org/whatismg/faqs.Aspx. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Myasthenia gravis is a serious autoimmune disorderthis help alleviate symptoms of myasthenia gravis?
See neurologist : Please make sure that you have the proper diagnosis for myasthenia gravis. You will need blood tests for antibodies, and repetitive stimulation studies or even single fiber emg. You must be taken care of by a neurologist who can give you medicines to help with the disease if you to prove to have myasthenia gravis. ...Read more
Myasthenia Gravis: Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease where our body makes antibodies against the acetylcholine receptor at our nerve endings to muscle, causing weakness and fatigue. The disease usually first affects the muscles that move our eyes and our muscles of facial expression, even affecting swallowing and breathing. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myasthenia_gravis/detail_myasthenia_gravis.htm ...Read more
Nerve disease: In patients with myasthenia, the acetylcholine receptor that helps form the neuromuscular junction is destroyed by the immune system. This causes nerves to be unable to trigger muscle contraction, leading to fatigable weakness. In demyelinationg disease, the myelin insulation surrounding the nerve is attacked by the immune system, disrupting signal transmission. ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: Myasthenia gravis is an illness where your immune system attacks your body and ends up affecting the way your brain communicates with your muscles. The disease tends to be progressive and starts with mild muscle weakness. The muscles usually involved are in the eyes, face, and/or mouth (swallowing, chewing), but can be anywhere on the body including those that control breathing. ...Read more
Wide range of people: Myasthenia has been reported in people of all age groups, but it tends to be more common in people aged 50-70 or in women under 40. Conditions that increase your risk for developing myasthenia include: autoimmune disease (thyroid disease, lupus, rheumatoid, type i diabetes), thymoma, and exposure to certain medications (most famously an immunosuppressant and chelating agent called penicillamine). ...Read more
Wide range of people: Conditions that increase your risk for developing myasthenia include: autoimmune disease (thyroid disease, lupus, rheumatoid, type i diabetes), a tumor called a thymoma, and exposure to certain medications (most famously an immunosuppressant and chelating agent called penicillamine). ...Read more
Muscle weakness: Other reasons for decreased use of muscles. This could be muscle diseases and neurological diseases. The usual clue is the occular involvement. ...Read more
MG: Usually not. But people may have less exacerebations if they have strong immune systems. There are not many studies on that. There is also a long list of medications which can cause acute attack of mg. ...Read more
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