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Is there any treatment for Myasthenia gravies? No relief after taking medication

Myasthenia gravies. My dad was recently diagnosed, we live in Ontario Canada and his doctors here don t seem to know a lot about this. He is on the same melds as he was when first diagnosed yet he is in rough shape. His biggest issue is falling, right out of the blue. What does he do when no one knows?
Fri, 23 May 2014
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Neurologist 's  Response

Thank you for posting your query.

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a fully treatable disease, and there are good medicines available to treat this condition.

Symptomatic relief can be obtained by using medicines such as pyridostigmine.

Since MG is an auto-immune disease, we also need to use medicines such as steroids, azathioprine, etc to reduce the antibody level.

CT scan of the chest should be done to look for thymic enlargement, if it is noted, then, thymectomy surgery is required.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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