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How does thymectomy treat myastenia gravis?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Craig Carter
Dr. Craig Carter
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Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Great question

There are many theories.
It seems that although the thymus should involute, in patients with mg, it plays a role in production of antibodies that effect the interaction between acetylcholine and the motor endplates.

In brief: Great question

There are many theories.
It seems that although the thymus should involute, in patients with mg, it plays a role in production of antibodies that effect the interaction between acetylcholine and the motor endplates.
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Link

In addition to description/explanation by other physicians, this information link may help: http://goo.
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In brief: Link

In addition to description/explanation by other physicians, this information link may help: http://goo.
Gl/3xxmd.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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