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What Is The Role Of The Thymus Gland In Myasthenia Gravis
Treatment: Agree with dr. Brown. Often, abnormalities found in thymus. Probably more importantly is its role in treatment/possible cure. In appropriate candidates, thymectomy should be performed by a trained thoracic surgeon. This link may assist: http://goo.Gl/3xxmd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Organ in chest: The thymus gland is an organ in the chest that is involved in the immune system. Some patients with myasthenia have a tumor in the thymus gland; removing this tumor can dramatically reduce or eliminate the myasthenia. ...Read more
Should i get my thymus removed to treat my myasthenia gravis? I don’t have a tumor in it, but my doctor says it’s a little enlarged and he wants to take it out. I’ve read that if you take out your thymus you get another disease because you lose the hormon
I(f,26)still have thymus(Restthymus3,5x1,2cm).Should thymus be removed to prevent myasthenia gravis or other autoimmune diseases?P.S.I have hashimoto
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
No: Myasthenia gravis can not be cured but can be treated with medications and at times surgical intervention to remove the thymus gland. This life threatening disorder requires acute interventions during exacerbations and long term chronic therapy to maintain the patient. There are no natural products that can do this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often does ocular myasthenia gravis progress to general? I was recently diagnosed with ocular myasthenia gravis. My doctor says it will most likely spread to the rest of my body, but that it's possible it won't. What are the odds i'll be lucky enough
Ocular : Ocular myasthenia gravis affects the muscles of the eyes. It often begins with drooping eyelids or double vision, usually less in the morning than at night. According to the neurological literature, over 50% of people with ocular involvement develop generalized myasthenia in 2 years. Some studies have been done looking at treatment with Prednisone to reduce that incidence. Removal of the thymus gland is sometimes done. There are treatments available that modify the immune reaction such as plasmapheresis, intravenous immune globulins and some anti-immune drugs. The first drug used is called an anti-cholinesterase. Acetylcholine is the chemical released by nerve endings that activates muscle cells. In myasthenia gravis the problem is loss of receptor sites or "docking stations" the ach has to attach to to activate. Anticholinesterases inactivate the cholinesterase that would break down the ach before it finds a place to sit. It's a little like an odd game of musical chairs. These docking stations and acetyl choline are present on all muscle cells both in the eyes and in the limbs. Careful follow-up will keep the process under control. ...Read more
Im a merchant mariner and i might have myasthenia gravis...Should i quit my career due to my safety and when could i go back?
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