Myasthenia Gravis Treatment Information

By: Juliet Cohen

Myasthenia neuromuscular disease is a chronic auto-immune. It is characterized by a weak fluctuating voluntary muscle groups. Myasthenia Gravis occurs in all races, both sexes and all ages. The disorder affects only the function of your muscles, and muscle weakness improves your experience when you rest. Myasthenia gravis can cause double vision, drooping eyelids, the difficulties of the floor, chewing, swallowing and breathing, as well as the weakness of your members.Myasthenia gravis can affect people of any age, but it's more common in women younger than 40 or older than 70, and in men older than 50.

Rarely, children may show signs of congenital myasthenia or congenital myasthenic syndrome. MG is not thought to be directly inherited is not contagious. It does occasionally occur in more than one member of the same family. Myasthenia gravis is caused by a problem in the transmission of nerve signals to muscles. Normally, nerve endings release of a substance that binds to receptors in the muscles. Some factors can make myasthenia worse, including fatigue, illness, stress, extreme heat, and some medicines, such as beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, quinine and certain antibiotics. Today, myasthenia gravis can be controlled.

There are several therapies available to help reduce and improve muscle weakness. Medicine can help improve nerve-to-muscle messages and make muscles stronger. Immunosuppressive drugs such as prednisone, cyclosporine, and azathioprine may also be used. These medications improve muscle strength by suppressing the production of abnormal antibodies. Other medicines can keep your body from making so many abnormal antibodies. Thymectomy, the surgical removal of the thymus gland (which often is abnormal in myasthenia gravis patients), reduces symptoms in more than 70 percent of patients.

Myasthenia Gravis Treatment Tips

1. Thymectomy, the surgical removal , reduces symptoms.

2. Plasmapheresis can remedy life-threatening stages of myasthenia gravis.

3. Intravenous immune globulin therapy is also recommeded.

4. Cholinesterase inhibitors, such as pyridostigmine and neostigmine enhance communication between nerves and muscles.

5. Immunosuppressive drugs prednisone, cyclosporine, mycophenolate mofetil and azathioprine may be used.

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