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All About Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disease that causes weakness in the muscles under your control. It happens because of a problem in communication between the nerves and muscles. The body’s own immune system makes antibodies that block or change some of the nerve signals to your muscles.

Who’s Affected?

Myasthenia gravis affects both men and women and occurs across all racial and ethnic groups. It most commonly impacts young adults women (under 40) and older men (over 60), but it can occur at any age, including childhood.

Symptoms

  • Muscular : Muscle weakness or weakness of the arms and legs.
  • Facial : Dropping of upper eyelid or muscle weakness.

Also common : difficulty swallowing, double vision, fatigue, shortness of breath, or impaired vision.

Diagnosis

Your doctor may check your neurological health by testing your:

  • Reflexes
  • Muscle Strength
  • Muscle Tone
  • Senses of touch and sight
  • Coordination
  • Balance

Treatment

Doctors use a variety of treatments, alone or in combination, to relieve symptoms of myasthenia gravis.

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    • Most welcome Ayano. Thank you for stopping by. Myasthenia gravis is caused by an error in the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles. It occurs when normal communication between the nerve and muscle is interrupted at the neuromuscular junction—the place where nerve cells connect with the muscles they control.

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  1. Thank you for this interesting information. My Grandfather’s cause of death cited Myasthenia Gravis at the age of forty-two. He was a Master Mariner and it obviously cut short his career. I had always assumed it was a disease of the heart.

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    • Thank you Frederick for sharing your story. It’s unfortunate what happened with your grandfather. Myasthenia gravis is a silent disease indeed. It mimics different disorders.

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