About myasthenia gravis
What is Myasthenia Gravis?
Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the muscles and nerves. It causes weakness in the skeletal muscles, which are the muscles that control movement. Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis include drooping eyelids, double vision, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness. Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis includes medications, surgery, and lifestyle changes.
What are the symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis?
The main symptom of Myasthenia Gravis is Muscle Weakness that worsens with activity and improves with rest. Other symptoms may include:
-Difficulty chewing and swallowing
-Weakness in the arms and legs
-Shortness of breath
-Difficulty lifting objects
-Difficulty climbing stairs
-Difficulty writing or holding objects
What are the causes of Myasthenia Gravis?
Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder caused by a malfunction of the immune system. The immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own healthy tissues, specifically the acetylcholine receptors in the neuromuscular junction. This results in a decrease in the number of receptors available to receive signals from the nerves, leading to muscle weakness and fatigue. Other possible causes of Myasthenia Gravis include genetic factors, certain medications, and infections.
What are the treatments for Myasthenia Gravis?
The main treatments for Myasthenia Gravis are medications, such as rozanolixizumab, anticholinesterase drugs, immunosuppressants, and corticosteroids; plasmapheresis (plasma exchange); and surgery. Other treatments may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and respiratory therapy.
What are the risk factors for Myasthenia Gravis?
1. Age: Myasthenia Gravis is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40, although it can occur at any age.
2. Gender: Women are more likely to develop Myasthenia Gravis than men.
3. Family History: Having a family member with Myasthenia Gravis increases the risk of developing the condition.
4. Autoimmune Disorders: People with other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, are more likely to develop Myasthenia Gravis.
5. Ethnicity: Myasthenia Gravis is more common in certain ethnic groups, such as Ashkenazi Jews.
6. Exposure to Certain Drugs: Certain drugs, such as penicillamine, can increase the risk of developing Myasthenia
Is there a cure/medications for Myasthenia Gravis?
Yes, there are treatments available for Myasthenia Gravis. These include medications such as cholinesterase inhibitors, immunosuppressants, and corticosteroids. Surgery may also be an option for some people.