Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia Gravis Treatment
Myasthenia Gravis, or MG, is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder which results in the muscles not receiving a signal from the nerves to move.

Arizona Neurology Associates (ANA) are specialists in the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system and therefore, are able to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of those people who are experiencing symptoms associated with this disorder.

Let’s discuss some of the symptoms associated with Myasthenia Gravis that Arizona Neurology Associates have encountered numerous times in treating patients. Many report having had specific muscle weakness but not an overall tiredness or fatigue.
Most commonly affected areas of the body are the eyelids, mouth weakness which often leads to trouble chewing and swallowing or talking, and arm or leg weakness. It's interesting to note that arm or leg weakness generally wasn't a symptom that our patients reported having experienced before the others mentioned here.

In our practice, we have also seen patients who’s muscle weakness resolved to the point of not being a problem. This is referred to as spontaneous remission. It should be noted that about 50 percent of patients where thymoma was present, achieved remission after removal of the thymus. However, this remission may not be permanent.

In many of our cases, patients experienced weakness only in their eyelids. Still others, the weakness progressed to a point and stayed at that level. Although rare, and usually in the first two years of having this disorder, some patients have required hospitalization due to weakness to the muscles that control breathing.

Diagnosing Myasthenia Gravis usually begins with a careful history and physical performed by one of our general neurologist at Arizona Neurology Associates. If a person has symptoms that suggest he or she might have Myasthenia Gravis, we will then conduct tests that will either negate or confirm it.

The most specific test to confirm a diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis will be to check the blood for the presence of abnormal antibodies using the acetylcholine receptor antibody test. If we detect the presence of the antibodies, we will have a positive diagnosis.

As of yet, there is no cure for Myasthenia Gravis, but many of our patients have reduced symptoms after treatment and have achieved a normal quality of life. That really is our goal at Arizona Neurology Associates (ANA). To assist those people who’s life has been changed by neurological illness.

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and we work to the highest standard of patient care. We welcome you to our practice where our specialists offer the most advanced, up-to-date care for our patients.