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Myasthenia Gravis

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Myasthenia gravis is when there is weakness and rapid fatigue in any of the muscles that you can normally control. This condition is caused by a breakdown in the normal communication that occurs between your nerves and muscles.

Symptoms of myasthenia gravis include:

  • Changes in speech, such as your voice sounding very soft or nasal
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Double vision (diplopia)
  • Drooping of one or both eyelids (ptosis)
  • Frequent choking while eating or drinking
  • Loss of facial expressions
  • Muscle weakness that worsens over time (but usually improves with rest)

Tests

Comprehensive Exam - Your doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination– as well as gather a complete health history – to help determine if you have myasthenia gravis. Your doctor will check your reflexes, muscle strength and tone, senses of touch and sights, and your coordination and balance.

Electromyography (EMG) - This test measures the electrical activity between your brain and muscle. Your doctor inserts a tiny wire electrode through your skin and into a muscle to test for electrical impulses.

Imaging - Your doctor may order a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to see if you have a tumor or other abnormality that could be causing similar symptoms.

Treatments

Cholinesterase Inhibitors - These medications can help improve communication between your nerves and muscles, which may help decrease the symptoms of this condition.

Other Medications - Your doctor may prescribe other types of medicine – including corticosteroids or immunosuppressants – to reduce the effects of this condition. While there is no known cure, the symptoms can usually be managed.


Why Choose Bascom Palmer Eye Institute?

Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System, is the top-rated facility in the country for the treatment of diseases and disorders of the eye. When you choose us for your eye care, you will receive the best care in the nation in a compassionate setting.

Support for you and your family. A challenging medical condition requires patience and support from your health care team. You will find both at Bascom Palmer. Our eye care teams connect you to the services and support you need, with kindness and compassion.

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