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Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia Gravis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the disease?

There are no known ways to prevent myasthenia gravis.

What are the long-term effects of the disease?

The symptoms of myasthenia gravis often worsen over the first 5 to 7 years of the disease. After this time, the disease is usually not progressive. Symptoms may worsen and improve as muscles are used and then rested throughout the day.

In some cases, myasthenia gravis may get better or worse over time. About 20% of the people with myasthenia gravis have a natural remission, or improvement, of the disease that lasts a year or more. With good treatment, people with myasthenia gravis have a normal life expectancy.

What are the risks to others?

Myasthenia gravis is not contagious and poses no risk to others.

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Myasthenia Gravis: Treatment & Monitoring

Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 09/11/01

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