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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Effects on Patient and Staff Upon diagnosis, some patients experience temporary denial. They might feel that they can't face it all at once, so they ignore or minimize the implications of the diagnosis. All You Need To Know Overview Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterized by weakness of voluntary muscles. Antibodies block the ability of acetylcholine to transmit the nervous impulse to muscle cell. Symptoms include eye mucle weakness,drooping of the eyelid (ptosis), blurry or double vision, difficulty in swallowing, shortness of breath, and impaired speech. Treatment Therapy to reverse symptoms includes anticholinesterasedrugs, which inhibit the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. Immunosuppressive therapy is used, including intravenous immunoglobin as well as medications such as corticosteroids and methotrexate. Thymectomy is also a beneficial treatment method to many patients. For the prognosis, symptoms usually progress to maximum severity within 3 years. After 3 years, patients usually stabilize or improve. Several diagnostic tests can be used to decideif someone has Myasthenia Gravis. Electromyography studies use repetitive nerve stimulation to check for a pattern of reponse that is characteristic of MG. These patients may forget to take their medicationor search for other doctors that will tell them they are healthy. Family needs to be supportive, especially in cases like these. Staff and health care professionals need to fully communicate the diagnosis in understandable terms. Also they need to be thoughtful of the pateint's feelings.
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