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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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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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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 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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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

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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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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

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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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Thymic extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma diagnosis on thymectomy. How aggressive is this? Do I need to act fast? Waiting for bmb to see if it spread, 1 wk.

Thymic extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma diagnosis on thymectomy.  How aggressive is this? Do I need to act fast? Waiting for bmb to see if it spread, 1 wk.

Not aggressive: Extranodal marginal zone lymphoma is not aggressive - we all it indolent lymphoma. It is fine to wait until you have all your testing done to see if you need any other treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will I be able to fight chicken pox after thymectomy?

Will I be able to fight chicken pox after thymectomy?

T-cell functions: The T-cells of the immune system are one of the major components responsible for fighting viral infections, and mostly originate in the bone marrow. As long as your immune system has been properly primed either through natural infection or passive vaccination, protection should be intact. Since the thymus loses most activity after adolescence, its removal should be inconsequential. ...Read more

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I am wondering if anyone can explain the ramifications of a partial thymectomy?. It was done durring a thyroid cancer recurrence.

I am wondering if anyone can explain the ramifications of a partial thymectomy?. It was done durring a thyroid cancer recurrence.

Partial thymectomy: Your doctor removed the thyroid gland for cancer. During the operation a partial thymectomy was also done because the thyroid is connected to the thymus. The doctor made sure no thyroid was left behind. This is fine and shows your surgeon took the time to remove any residual thyroid tissue. ...Read more

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Thymectomy done, biopsy showed extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma as diagnosis. Is it possible the resection cured me of malt lymphoma?

Thymectomy done, biopsy showed extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma as diagnosis. Is it possible the resection cured me of malt lymphoma?

Yes: Hello- your doctor may do some testing to make sure it is not anywhere else but if it is a stage i malt lymphoma then resection is the only treatment required and cure is possible. Good luck! ...Read more

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Thymectomy diagnosis is extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma, how likely is it that it spread to bone? Borderline osteoporosis, have possible RA.

Thymectomy diagnosis is extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma,  how likely is it that it spread to bone? Borderline osteoporosis,  have possible RA.

Not likely: It would be very unlikely for your disease to be in the bone. There is a chance that it has spread to the bone marrow (inside the bone - different from spreading to the bone itself) so a biopsy will be done to rule that out. There is no correlation with osteoporosis or RA. ...Read more