an autoimmune disease in which the individual makes antibodies against the acetylcholine receptors on their own skeletal muscle cells; characterized by progressive weakness of the voluntary muscles, especially those of the eyelids.
Myasthenia Gravis (MG): "· is a chronic neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal or voluntary muscles of the body. The muscle weakness increases during periods of activity and improves after periods of rest. MG most commonly occurs in young adult women and older men, but it can occur at any age. Although MG may affect any voluntary muscle, certain muscles including those that control eye movements, eye lids, chewing, swallowing, coughing, and facial expressions are more often affected. Weakness may also occur in the muscles that control breathing and arm and leg movements. The muscles involved in MG vary from one individual to the next." Learn more at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/myasthenia_gravis.htm Click "BACK" on your browser to return to the previous page.
disorder of the neuromuscular junction presenting as fatiguable weakness and associated with antibodies to the nictonic acetylcholine receptor. The extraocular, facial, bulbar and proximal limb muscles are especially susceptible to the disease process
a disease in which the muscles, mainly those in the face, eyes, throat, and limbs, become weak and tire quickly; caused by the body's immune system attacking the receptors in the muscles that pick up nerve impulses
Relationship to Thymoma"About 15% of patients with myasthenia gravis are found to have a tumor of the thymus gland, known as a thymoma..." Recommendation Surgery"The thymus is thought to play an important role in the development of the disease by supplying helper T cells sensitized against thymic nicotinic receptors..."
A disorder affecting the space between the nerve and the muscle (neuromuscular junction) that results in transient motor weakness of the face and limbs. Due to an autoimmune process affecting the chemical Acetylcholine.
Weakness of the voluntary muscles, believed to be autoimmune in nature. Symptoms include double vision and eyelid ptosis; patients sometimes have non-eye symptoms as well, such as difficulty swallowing or using the arms and legs.
A disease in which acetylcholine receptors on the muscle cells are destroyed, so that muscles can no longer respond to the acetylcholine signal in order to contract. Symptoms include muscular weakness and progressively more common bouts of fatigue. Its cause is unknown but is more common in females than in males and usually strikes between the ages of 20 and 50.
An autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterized by fatigue and exhaustion of muscles. Myasthenia gravis is caused by a mistaken immune response to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (AChR), which are found in junctions between muscles and the nervous system . The body produces antibodies that attack these AChR receptors, preventing signals from reaching the muscles. Proof that the anti-AChR antibodies are responsible for myasthenia comes from the effect these antibodies can have on the unborn and the newborn. See the entire definition of Myasthenia gravis
(MY-us-THEE-nee-uh GRA-vis) A disease in which antibodies made by a person's immune system prevent certain nerve-muscle interactions. It causes weakness in the arms and legs, vision problems, and drooping eyelids or head. It may also cause paralysis and problems with swallowing, talking, climbing stairs, lifting things, and getting up from a sitting position. The muscle weakness gets worse during activity, and improves after periods of rest.
A disease characterized by fluctuating weakness of eye muscles, face muscles, chewing, swallowing, vocalization, breathing, neck or limb muscles, made worse by use of those muscles and improved at least partially by rest of the same muscles, with little muscle atrophy and no sensory abnormalities.
a life-long condition in which the body's immune system fights its own body. This causes problems with the nerves that provide communication to the muscles resulting in muscle weakness. This disease affects the voluntary muscles of the body that include the face, neck, chest, arms, and legs.
Recommendation Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)"...There is sufficient evidence to believe that coenzyme A, which is the physiologically active form of pantothenic acid in animals, is in limited supply in cases of myasthenia gravis..."
Recommendation Manganese"...Manganese activates several enzyme systems and supports the utilization of vitamin C, E, choline, and other B-vitamins..." Recommendation Lecithin / Choline"To increase acetylcholine levels add phosphytidal choline (lecithin) 1gm bid..."
Myasthenia gravis (sometimes abbreviated MG; from the Greek myastheneia, lit. 'muscle disease', and Latin gravis, 'serious') is a neuromuscular disease leading to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatiguability. At about 14 cases per 100,000 (in the U.S.), it is one of the lesser known autoimmune disorders. Weakness is typically caused by circulating antibodies that block acetylcholine receptors at the post-synaptic neuromuscular junction, inhibiting the stimulative effect of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.