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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Thymectomy (Overview)

Thymectomy is a thymus removal surgery.


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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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Dr. Loki Skylizard
77 doctors shared insights

Thymectomy (Overview)

Thymectomy is a thymus removal surgery.


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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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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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How long will platelet counts stay hi after a thymectomy?

How long will platelet counts stay hi after a thymectomy?

Unclear: If there were low before and they responded to thymectomy, they may stay at a normal level for ever. If the platelet count was normal before and is elevated after a thymectomy, that may be just a temporary postoperative effect. ...Read more

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How much time will platelet counts stay up after a thymectomy?

How much time will platelet counts stay up after a thymectomy?

4 days to recover: After thymectomy, platelet counts recover quickly, and should stay up. There is no indication that they would drop again. ...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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Thymectomy done, thymus shows reactive b cell hyperplasia vs low grade bcell lympho proliferative disorder. What can it be? Is this serious? Treat?

Thymectomy done, thymus shows reactive b cell hyperplasia vs low grade bcell lympho proliferative disorder.  What can it be? Is this serious? Treat?

No: Even if it's a low grade lymphoma if it's not anywhere else there's a good chance it will never come back. They should be able to tell from special tests of your thymus. Good luck. ...Read more