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Myasthenia Gravis

If you are experiencing a weakness of voluntary muscles, have difficulty swallowing, difficulty climbing stairs, notice that your muscle function improves with rest, or have drooping eyelids, you may have myasthenia gravis, a complex, autoimmune disorder in which antibodies destroy neuromuscular connections.

While there is no cure for myasthenia gravis, the symptoms can be treated with both medication and surgery. The goal of treatment is to prevent respiratory problems and provide adequate nutritional care since the swallowing and breathing muscles are affected by this condition. If you or someone you love is diagnosed with this disease, turn to the expert neurologists at Jefferson's Hospital for Neuroscience.

Our neurologists in the Neuromuscular Disease Program and the Neuromuscular Consult Service provide advanced diagnostic services and treatment for all types of neuromuscular diseases, including myasthenia gravis and provide advanced diagnostic services and the latest treatments to suppress disease activity and stop disease progression, such as plasmapheresis (also known as plasma exchange) and immunoglobulin therapy.  In addition, Jefferson neurologists are on the leading edge in developing new treatments for nerve and muscle diseases.

A surgical treatment for myasthenia gravis is a thymectomy (surgical removal of the thymus gland). Our thoracic surgeons can perform this procedure using the da Vinci robot to decrease your hospital stay, relieve post-op pain and healing and to prevent blood loss.

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