What are the treatment options for myasthenia gravis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Although there is no cure for myasthenia gravis, there are treatment options that can help you feel better. Medications can provide symptom relief by improving communication between muscles and nerves or by reducing your autoimmune response. With plasmapheresis, a machine is used to filter out the antibodies in your blood that cause myasthenia gravis. Another option, intravenous immune globulin, is used to give your body antibodies, leading to a healthier immune response.

If you are among the percentage of people with myasthenia gravis who have a thymus gland tumor, you may need to have your thymus surgically removed. In some cases, removing the thymus may even be recommended if you have severe symptoms of myasthenia gravis but do not have a tumor.

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