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Myasthenia Gravis

 

Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disease causing weakness of muscles which improves after resting.

Causes

  • Autoimmune response

Symptoms

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Lack of facial expression
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Breathlessness
  • Weakness in arms and legs

Treatment
Myasthenia gravis can not be cured but it can be effectively controlled by:

  • Medication to suppress antibodies and increase muscle strength
  • Plasmapheresis to remove abnormal antibodies
  • High dose immune globulin to provide normal antibodies from donated blood
  • Surgical removal of thymus gland

Prevention
There is no way to prevent this condition.