What is Myasthenia Gravis?

May 17, 2015

Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that affects voluntary muscles including those that are used to breathe, see, swallow, and walk. MG is not thought to be directly inherited nor is it contagious. 

Diagnose and early symptoms

The course of the disease is variable but usually progressive. Ptosis (drooping eyelid) or diplopia (double vision) are the initial obvious symptoms but it actually starts with fatigue that could be mistaken as being exhausted, sleepy or stress. Sometimes severe allergies like hives and eczema may be the early symptoms. The severity of weaknesses fluctuates during the day, especially after prolonged use of affected muscle.

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  1. The Myasthenia Gravis reaches its extreme severity when the person affected is not resting because it doesn’t cause any harm when a person is at rest.


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