What is Myasthenia Gravis?
Myasthenia Gravis is a comparatively rare neuromuscular disease which affects from 50,000 to 100,000 people in the US. Literally, MG means “grave muscle weakness.” It is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by weakness of the voluntary muscles including those muscles that control eye movement, eyelids, chewing, swallowing, coughing and facial expression. Muscles that control breathing and arm and leg movements may also be affected. MG strikes both children and adults and can affect a person’s ability to see, speak, walk, smile, eat – and at its worst, even draw breath.
Podcast Educational Series
Dr. Ted Burns from the University of Virginia and Chair of the MGFA’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board has produced a series of patient oriented podcasts for MGFA with information on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of MG. Watch here for future podcasts. As always, consult with your physician directly before making any medical decisions.
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