Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies attack the neuromuscular connections, interrupting communication between nerves and muscles. The disorder weakens skeletal muscles, and muscles in the eyes, mouth, throat, and limbs.

There is no cure for myasthenia gravis, but our trained specialist at CNSI are experienced in treating the symptoms of this disease. With consideration to a patient’s individual circumstances, our skilled professionals will work to craft a treatment plan that fits the patient’s needs.

What is Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia gravis is a disorder that weakens voluntary muscles. It occurs when the signals sent by nerves to the muscles are interrupted by the body’s own immune system. This causes muscles to weaken, usually during periods of activity.

Initial symptoms may be weakness in the eyes, trouble swallowing, or slurred speech. Patients may have difficulty with their facial expressions or have trouble chewing.

Diagnosing Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is diagnosed through a review of one’s medical history, a physical examination, and certain tests. Electromyography (EMG) can measure the electrical activity in the muscles, and the presence of antibodies associated with the disorder can be identified with a blood test.

Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis can be managed with medications that increase muscle strength or interrupt the production of antibodies that are associated with the disorder. Surgical removal of the thymus gland may improve symptoms for some patients. Other therapies may remove antibodies from the blood, or can briefly alter the patient’s immune system while healthy antibodies are provided from donated blood.