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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.
Gl/3xxmd.

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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