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How does myasthenia gravis get treated by Western medicine?
04-22-2011, 01:48 PM
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How does myasthenia gravis get treated by Western medicine?
Specific treatment for myasthenia gravis will be determined by your child's physician based on:

  • the extent of the condition
  • your child's age, overall health, and medical history
  • expectations for the course of the condition
  • your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • your opinion or preference

There is no cure for MG, but the symptoms can sometimes be controlled. Myasthenia gravis is a life-long medical condition and the key to medically managing MG is early detection.

The goal of treatment is to prevent respiratory problems and provide adequate nutritional care to the child since the swallowing and breathing muscles are affected by this condition.

Treatment may include:

  • thymectomy - surgical removal of the thymus gland. The role of the thymus gland in MG is not fully understood, and the thymectomy may or may not improve a child's symptoms.
  • medications
  • plasmapheresis - a procedure that removes abnormal antibodies from the blood and replaces the child's blood with normal antibodies through donated blood.

The extent of the problems is dependent on the severity of the condition and the presence of other problems that could affect the child. In severe cases, a breathing machine may be required to help the child breathe easier.

The healthcare team educates the family after hospitalization on how to best care for their child at home and outlines specific clinical problems that require immediate medical attention by their physician. A child with MG requires frequent medical evaluations throughout his/her life.

It is important to allow the child as much independent function and self care, especially with juvenile MG, as possible and to promote age-appropriate activities to ensure a sense of normalcy.
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08-12-2011, 07:23 PM
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RE: How does myasthenia gravis get treated by Western medicine?
Age is the factor which really matter to solve number of the diseases. The doctors always focus on the age and blood pressure etc when they recommend medicine.
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