Myasthenia gravis

Myasthenia gravis is a long-term neuromuscular junction disease that leads to varying degrees of skeletal muscle weakness. The most commonly affected muscles are those of the eyes, face, and... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Neurology
  • Symptoms:  Varying degrees muscle weakness, double vision, drooping eyelids, trouble talking, trouble walking
  • Usual onset:  Women under 40, men over 60
  • Duration:  Long term
  • Causes:  Autoimmune disease
  • Diagnostic method:  Blood tests for specific antibodies, edrophonium test, nerve conduction studies
  • Differential diagnosis:  Guillain–Barré syndrome, botulism, organophosphate poisoning, brainstem stroke
  • Medication:  Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (neostigmine, pyridostigmine), immunosuppressants
  • Treatment:  Medications, surgical removal of the thymus, plasmapheresis
  • Frequency:  50 to 200 per million
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo