|Classification and external resources|
|ICD-9-CM||358.0, 358.01 (in crisis)|
emerg/325 (emergency), med/3260 (pregnancy), oph/263 (eye)
|Patient UK||Myasthenia gravis|
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a neuromuscular disease that leads to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue. In the most common cases, muscle weakness is caused by circulating antibodies that block nicotinic acetylcholine receptors at the postsynaptic neuromuscular junction. By blocking the ability of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to bind to these receptors in the muscle, these antibodies keep motor neurons from signaling the muscle to contract. Alternatively, in a much rarer form, muscle weakness is caused by a genetic defect in some portion of the neuromuscular junction that is inherited at birth as opposed to developing through passive transmission from the mother's immune system at birth or through autoimmunity later in life.
The disease is diagnosed in 3 to 30 people per million per year. Diagnosis is becoming more common due to increased awareness. The condition occurs more frequently in women than in men and begins most commonly between ages 20 and 40 years of age. The word is from Greek μύς "muscle", Greek asthenia "weakness", and Latin: gravis "serious".
- 1 Signs and symptoms
- 2 Cause
- 3 Pathophysiology
- 4 Diagnosis
- 5 Management
- 6 Prognosis
- 7 Epidemiology
- 8 History
- 9 Research
- 10 Notable cases
- 11 References
- 12 External links
- 13 Further reading
Signs and symptoms
The initial, main symptom in MG is painless weakness of specific muscles, not fatigue. The muscle weakness becomes progressively worse during periods of physical activity, and improves after periods of rest. Typically, the weakness and fatigue are worse towards the end of the day. MG generally starts with ocular (eye) weakness; it might then progress to a more severe generalized form, characterized by weakness in the extremities or while performing basic life functions.
In about two-thirds of individuals, the initial symptom of MG is related to the muscles around the eye. There may be eyelid drooping (ptosis due to weakness of levator palpebrae superioris) and double vision (diplopia, due to weakness of the extraocular muscles). Eye symptoms tend to get worse when watching television, reading or driving, particularly in bright conditions. Consequently, some affected individuals choose to wear sunglasses. The term "ocular myasthenia gravis" describes a subtype of MG where muscle weakness is confined to the eyes, i.e. extraocular muscles, levator palpebrae superioris and orbicularis oculi. Typically, this subtype evolves into generalized MG, usually after a few years.
Weakness of the muscles involved in swallowing may lead to swallowing difficulty (dysphagia). Typically, this means that some food may be left in the mouth after an attempt to swallow, or food and liquids may regurgitate into the nose rather than go down the throat (velopharyngeal insufficiency). Weakness of the muscles that move the jaw (muscles of mastication) may cause difficulty chewing. In individuals with MG, chewing tends to become more tiring when chewing tough, fibrous foods. Difficulty in swallowing, chewing and speaking is the first symptom in about one-sixth of individuals.
Weakness of the muscles involved in speaking may lead to dysarthria and hypophonia. Speech may be slow and slurred, or have a nasal quality. In some cases a singing hobby or profession must be abandoned.
Head and neck
Due to weakness of the muscles of facial expression and muscles of mastication, there may be facial weakness, manifesting as inability to hold the mouth closed (the "hanging jaw sign"), and a snarling appearance when attempting to smile. Together with drooping eyelids, facial weakness may make the individual appear sleepy or sad. There may be difficulty in holding the head upright.
The muscles that control breathing (dyspnea) and limb movements can also be affected, but rarely do these present as the first symptoms of MG, and they develop over months to years. In a myasthenic crisis, a paralysis of the respiratory muscles occurs, necessitating assisted ventilation to sustain life. Crises may be triggered by various biological stressors such as infection, fever, an adverse reaction to medication, or emotional stress.
This neuromuscular disease is caused by transmission defects in nerve impulses to muscles. The neuromuscular junction is apparently[clarification needed] affected: acetylcholine, which produces muscle contraction under normal conditions no longer produces the contractions necessary to muscle movement.
Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune synaptopathy. The disorder occurs when the immune system malfunctions and generates antibodies that attack the body's tissues. The antibody in myasthenia gravis attacks a normal human protein, targeting a protein called an acetylcholine receptor, or a related protein called a muscle-specific kinase.
Human leukocyte antigens have been associated with MG susceptibility.[clarification needed] Many of these genes are present among other autoimmune diseases. Relatives of MG patients have a higher percentage of other immune disorders.
The thymus gland cells form part of the body's immune system. In those with myasthenia gravis, the thymus gland is large and abnormal. It sometimes contains clusters of immune cells which indicate lymphoid hyperplasia, and it is believed the thymus gland may give wrong instructions to immune cells.
Myasthenia gravis is associated with various autoimmune diseases, including:
For women who are pregnant and already have MG, in a third of cases they have been known to experience an exacerbation of their symptoms, and in those cases it usually occurs in the first trimester of pregnancy. Signs and symptoms in pregnant mothers tend to improve during the second and third trimesters. Complete remission can occur in some mothers. Immunosuppressive therapy should be maintained throughout pregnancy, as this reduces the chance of neonatal muscle weakness, as well as controls the mother's myasthenia.
10-20% of infants with mothers affected by the condition are born with Transient Neonatal Myasthenia, which generally produces feeding and respiratory difficulties that develop within 12 hours to several days after birth. A child with TNM typically responds very well to acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, and the condition generally resolves over a period of three weeks as the antibodies degregate[clarification needed] and generally does not result in any complications. Very rarely, an infant can be born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, secondary to profound intrauterine weakness. This is due to maternal antibodies that target an infant's acetylcholine receptors. In some cases, the mother remains asymptomatic.
MG can be difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms can be subtle and hard to distinguish from both normal variants and other neurological disorders.
Three types of myasthenic symptoms in children can be distinguished:
- Transient Neonatal: occurs in 10 to 15% of babies born to mothers afflicted with the disorder, and disappears after a few weeks.
- Congenital: the rarest form; genes are present in both parents.
- Juvenile myasthenia gravis: most common in females
Congenital myasthenias cause muscle weakness and fatigability similar to those of MG. The signs of congenital myasthenia usually are present in the first years of childhood although they may not be recognized until adulthood.
When diagnosed with MG, a person is assessed for his or her neurological status and the level of illness is established. This is usually done using the accepted Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America Clinical Classification scale, which is as follows:
|I||Any eye muscle weakness, possible ptosis, no other evidence of muscle weakness elsewhere|
|II||Eye muscle weakness of any severity, mild weakness of other muscles|
|IIa||Predominantly limb or axial muscles|
|IIb||Predominantly bulbar and/or respiratory muscles|
|III||Eye muscle weakness of any severity, moderate weakness of other muscles|
|IIIa||Predominantly limb or axial muscles|
|IIIb||Predominantly bulbar and/or respiratory muscles|
|IV||Eye muscle weakness of any severity, severe weakness of other muscles|
|IVa||Predominantly limb or axial muscles|
|IVb||Predominantly bulbar and/or respiratory muscles|
|V||Intubation needed to maintain airway|
During a physical examination to check for MG, a doctor might ask the potentially affected person to look at a fixed point for 30 seconds and to relax the muscles of their forehead. This is done because a person with MG and ptosis of their eyes might be involuntarily using their forehead muscles to compensate for the weakness in their eyelids. The clinical examiner might also try to elicit the "curtain sign" in a patient by holding one of the person's eyes open, which in the case of MG will lead the other eye to close.
If the diagnosis is suspected, serology can be performed:
- One test is for antibodies against the acetylcholine receptor, the test has a reasonable sensitivity of 80–96%, but in ocular myasthenia, the sensitivity falls to 50%.
- A proportion of the patients without antibodies against the acetylcholine receptor have antibodies against the MuSK protein.
- In specific situations, testing is performed for Lambert-Eaton syndrome.
Muscle fibers of patients with MG are easily fatigued, and a test called the repetitive nerve stimulation test can be performed. In single-fiber electromyography, which is considered to be the most sensitive (although not the most specific) test for MG, a thin needle electrode is inserted into different areas of a particular muscle to record the action potentials from several samplings of different individual muscle fibers. Two muscle fibers belonging to the same motor unit are identified, and the temporal variability in their firing patterns is measured. Frequency and proportion of particular abnormal action potential patterns, called "jitter" and "blocking", are diagnostic. Jitter refers to the abnormal variation in the time interval between action potentials of adjacent muscle fibers in the same motor unit. Blocking refers to the failure of nerve impulses to elicit action potentials in adjacent muscle fibers of the same motor unit.
Applying ice for two to five minutes to the muscles reportedly has a sensitivity and specificity of 76.9% and 98.3%, respectively, for the identification of MG. Acetylcholinesterase is thought to be inhibited at the lower temperature, and this is the basis for this diagnostic test. This generally is performed on the eyelids when a ptosis is present and is deemed positive if there is a ≥2mm raise in the eyelid after the ice is removed.
This test requires the intravenous administration of edrophonium chloride or neostigmine, drugs that block the breakdown of acetylcholine by cholinesterase (acetylcholinesterase inhibitors). This test is no longer typically performed as its use can lead to life-threatening bradycardia (slow heart rate) which requires immediate emergency attention. Production of edrophonium was discontinued in 2008.
A chest X-ray may identify widening of the mediastinum suggestive of thymoma, but computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are more sensitive ways to identify thymomas and are generally done for this reason. MRI of the cranium and orbits may also be performed to exclude compressive and inflammatory lesions of the cranial nerves and ocular muscles.
Pulmonary function test
The forced vital capacity may be monitored at intervals to detect increasing muscular weakness. Acutely, negative inspiratory force may be used to determine adequacy of ventilation; it is performed on those individuals with MG.
Treatment is by medication and/or surgery. Medication consists mainly of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors to directly improve muscle function and immunosuppressant drugs to reduce the autoimmune process. Thymectomy is a surgical method to treat MG.
Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors can provide symptomatic benefit and may not fully remove a person's weakness from MG. While they might not fully remove all symptoms of MG, they still may allow a person the ability to perform normal daily activities. Usually, acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are started at a low dose and increased until the desired result is achieved. If taken 30 minutes before a meal, symptoms will be mild during eating, which is helpful for those who have difficulty swallowing due to their illness. Another medication used for MG is atropine, which can reduce the muscarinic side effects of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. Pyridostigmine is a relatively long acting drug (when compared to other cholinergic agonists), with a half-life of about four hours with relatively few side effects. Generally, it is discontinued in those who are being mechanically ventilated as it is known to increase the amount of salivary secretions. There have been few high-quality studies directly comparing cholinesterase inhibitors with other treatments (or placebo); it has been suggested that their practical benefit is such that it would be difficult to conduct studies in which they would be withheld from some people. The steroid prednisone might also be utilized to achieve a better result, but it can lead to the worsening of symptoms for 14 days and take 6–8 weeks for it to achieve its maximal effectiveness. Due to the myriad symptoms that steroid treatments can cause, it is not the preferred method of treatment.
Plasmapheresis and IVIG
If the myasthenia is serious (myasthenic crisis), plasmapheresis can be used to remove the putative antibodies from the circulation. Also, intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIGs) can be used to bind the circulating antibodies. Both of these treatments have relatively short-lived benefits, typically measured in weeks, and often are associated with high costs which make them prohibitive; they are generally reserved for when MG requires hospitalization.
As thymomas are seen in 10% of all people with the MG, patients are often given a chest X-ray and CT scan to evaluate their need for surgical removal of their thymus and any cancerous tissue that may be present. Even if surgery is performed to remove a thymoma, it generally does not lead to the remission of MG. Surgery in the case of MG involves the removal of the thymus although there is no clear consensus that it would be beneficial except in the presence of a thymoma. However, thymectomy should not be done in ocular myasthenia. Currently, there is no literature that gives meaningful conclusions in regard to the benefit of thymectomy in affected individuals. Some observational studies indicate that thymectomy could be prudent in MG.
Patients with MG should be educated regarding the fluctuating nature of their symptoms, including weakness and exercise-induced fatigue. Exercise participation should be encouraged with frequent rest. In people with generalized MG, some evidence indicates a partial home program including training in diaphragmatic breathing, pursed lip breathing, and interval-based muscle therapy may improve respiratory muscle strength, chest wall mobility, respiratory pattern, and respiratory endurance.
The prognosis of MG patients is generally good, as is quality of life, given very good treatment. In the early 1900s the mortality associated with MG was 70%; now that number is estimated to be around 3–5% which is attributed to increased awareness and medications to manage symptoms. Monitoring of a person with MG is very important as at least 20% of people diagnosed with it will experience a myasthenic crisis within two years of their diagnosis requiring emergent medical intervention. Generally, the most disabling period of MG might be years after the initial diagnosis.
Myasthenia gravis occurs in all ethnic groups and both sexes. It most commonly affects women under 40 and people from 50 to 70 years old of either sex, but it has been known to occur at any age. Younger patients rarely have thymoma. The prevalence in the United States is estimated between 0.5–20.4[clarification needed] cases per 100,000, with an estimated 60,000 Americans affected. Within the United Kingdom, it is estimated that there are 15 cases of MG per 100,000 people.
The first to write about MG were Thomas Willis, Samuel Wilks, Erb, and Goldflam. The term "myasthenia gravis pseudo-paralytica" was proposed in 1895 by Jolly, a German physician. Mary Walker treated a person with MG with physostigmine in 1934. Simpson and Nastuck detailed the autoimmune nature of the condition. In 1973, Patrick and Lindstrom used rabbits to show that immunization with purified muscle-like acetylcholine receptors caused the development of MG-like symptoms.
Immunomodulating substances, such as drugs that prevent acetylcholine receptor modulation by the immune system, are currently being researched. Some research recently has been on anti-c5 inhibitors for treatment research as they are safe and used in the treatment of other diseases. Ephedrine seems to benefit some people more than other medications, but it has not been properly studied as of 2014. In the laboratory myasthenia gravis is mostly studied in model organisms, such as rodents. In addition, in 2015 scientists developed an in vitro functional all-human neuromuscular junction assay from human embryonic stem cells and somatic muscle stem cells. After addition of pathogenic antibodies against the acetylcholine receptor and activation of the complement system the neuromuscular co-culture shows signs of disease such as weaker muscle contractions.
- Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan was diagnosed with it in 1983.
- Brandon Cox, starting Auburn quarterback from 2005-2007, finished with a record of 29-9.
- Weeb Ewbank, New York Jets coach
- Henrique Mecking, Brazilian chess grandmaster
- Christopher Robin Milne, the son of A. A. Milne, author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books and the person on whom Christopher Robin was based, lived with myasthenia gravis for several years before his death in 1996.
- Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975), Greek shipping magnate and businessman, suffered from the disease during the last years of his life.
- Actor Roger Smith, husband of Ann-Margret, was diagnosed in 1980.
- Days Of Our Lives actress Suzanne Rogers has the condition and so does the character she plays, Maggie Horton.
- Powhatan chief Opchanacanough (Uncle of Pocahontas ) was thought to have the condition.
- Stephen Garrett, also known as Static Major. He made up half of the R&B group "Playa".
- Anselmo Ralph, Angolan singer.
- Kandel E, Schwartz J, Jessel T, Siegelbaum S, Hudspeth A (2012). Principles of Neural Science (5 ed.). pp. 318–19.
- McGrogan A, Sneddon S, de Vries CS (2010). "The incidence of myasthenia gravis: a systematic literature review". Neuroepidemiology. 34 (3): 171–183. doi:10.1159/000279334. PMID 20130418.
- Tamparo, Carol (2011). Fifth Edition: Diseases of the Human Body. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-8036-2505-1.
- Engel AG (3 April 2012). Myasthenia Gravis and Myasthenic Disorders (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 109–110. ISBN 978-0-19-973867-0.
- Scully C (21 July 2014). Scully's Medical Problems in Dentistry. Elsevier Health Sciences UK. ISBN 978-0-7020-5963-6.
- "Myasthenia Gravis: Practice Essentials, Background, Anatomy". 2015-06-06.
- Nair, AG; Patil-Chhablani, P; Venkatramani, DV; Gandhi, RA (October 2014). "Ocular myasthenia gravis: a review.". Indian journal of ophthalmology. 62 (10): 985–91. doi:10.4103/0301-4738.145987. PMC . PMID 25449931.
- Scherer K, Bedlack RS, Simel DL (2005). "Does this patient have myasthenia gravis?". JAMA. 293 (15): 1906–14. doi:10.1001/jama.293.15.1906. PMID 15840866.
- Rajendran A; Sundaram S (10 February 2014). Shafer's Textbook of Oral Pathology (7th ed.). Elsevier Health Sciences APAC. p. 867. ISBN 978-81-312-3800-4.
- "Myasthenia gravis: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia". www.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- Marx, John A. Marx (2014). Rosen's emergency medicine : concepts and clinical practice (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Saunders. pp. 1441–1444. ISBN 1455706051.
- Information, National Center for Biotechnology; Pike, U. S. National Library of Medicine 8600 Rockville; MD, Bethesda; Usa, 20894. "Myasthenia Gravis - National Library of Medicine". PubMed Health. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- "Myasthenia gravis". Genetics Home Reference. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
- Sathasivam, Sivakumar (January 1, 2014). "Diagnosis and management of myasthenia gravis". Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry. 18 (1): 6–14. doi:10.1002/pnp.315. ISSN 1931-227X.
- "Myasthenia Gravis Fact Sheet: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)". www.ninds.nih.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
- "Autoimmune Myasthenia Gravis and Thyroid Disease in Argentina (P02.200) -- Bettini et al. 80 (1001): P02.200 -- Neurology". www.neurology.org. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
- Kaminski, Henry J. (2009-03-02). Myasthenia Gravis and Related Disorders. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9781597451567.
- Jallouli, M.; Saadoun, D.; Eymard, B.; Leroux, G.; Haroche, J.; Le Thi Huong, D.; De Gennes, C.; Chapelon, C.; Benveniste, O. (Jul 2012). "The association of systemic lupus erythematosus and myasthenia gravis: a series of 17 cases, with a special focus on hydroxychloroquine use and a review of the literature". Journal of Neurology. 259 (7): 1290–1297. doi:10.1007/s00415-011-6335-z. ISSN 1432-1459. PMID 22160434. – via ScienceDirect (Subscription may be required or content may be available in libraries.)
- Varner, Michael (June 2013). "Myasthenia Gravis and Pregnancy". Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 56 (2): 372–81. doi:10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828e92c0.
- Téllez-Zenteno JF, Hernández-Ronquillo L, Salinas V, Estanol B, da Silva O (2004). "Myasthenia gravis and pregnancy: clinical implications and neonatal outcome". BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 5: 42. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-5-42. PMC . PMID 15546494. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
- Warrell, David A; Timothy M Cox; et al. (2003). Oxford Textbook of Medicine — Fourth Edition — Volume 3. Oxford. p. 1170. ISBN 0-19-852787-X.
- Scherer K, Bedlack RS, Simel DL (2005). "Does this patient have myasthenia gravis?". JAMA. 293 (15): 1906–14. doi:10.1001/jama.293.15.1906. PMID 15840866.
- Rudd, Kathryn; Kocisko, Diane (2013-10-10). Pediatric Nursing: The Critical Components of Nursing Care. F.A. Davis. ISBN 9780803640535.
- "Congenital Myasthenia Information Page: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)". www.ninds.nih.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- Wolfe, Gil I.; Barohn, Richard J. (2009). "Myasthenia Gravis: Classification and Outcome Measurements". Myasthenia Gravis and Related Disorders. Current Clinical Neurology. Humana Press: 293–302. doi:10.1007/978-1-59745-156-7_18. ISBN 978-1-58829-852-2.
- Leite MI, Jacob S, Viegas S, et al. (July 2008). "IgG1 antibodies to acetylcholine receptors in 'seronegative' myasthenia gravis". Brain. 131 (Pt 7): 1940–52. doi:10.1093/brain/awn092. PMC . PMID 18515870.
- "Lambert-Eaton syndrome: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia". www.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- Selvan VA. (2011). "Single-fiber EMG: A review". Ann Indian Acad Neurol. 14 (1): 64–67. doi:10.4103/0972-2327.78058. PMC . PMID 21654930.
- Kearsey, Christopher; Fernando, Prabhath; D'Costa, Domnick; Ferdinand, Phillip (June 1, 2010). "The use of the ice pack test in myasthenia gravis". JRSM Short Reports. 1 (1): 14. doi:10.1258/shorts.2009.090037. ISSN 2054-2704. PMID 21103106.
- "Tensilon test: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia". www.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- Spillane, J.; Higham, E.; Kullmann, D. M. (21 December 2012). "Myasthenia gravis". The BMJ. 345: e8497. doi:10.1136/bmj.e8497. ISSN 1756-1833. PMID 23261848.
- de Kraker M, Kluin J, Renken N, Maat AP, Bogers AJ (2005). "CT and myasthenia gravis: correlation between mediastinal imaging and histopathological findings". Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 4 (3): 267–71. doi:10.1510/icvts.2004.097246. PMID 17670406.
- Allan H. Ropper, Robert H. Brown Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology McGraw-Hill Professional; 8 edition (29 March 2005)
- "Pulmonary function tests: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia". www.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- "Emergent Management of Myasthenia Gravis: Overview, Patient History, Physical Examination". 2015-06-06.
- Mehndiratta, Man Mohan; Pandey, Sanjay; Kuntzer, Thierry (2014). "Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor treatment for myasthenia gravis". The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 10: CD006986. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006986.pub3. ISSN 1469-493X. PMID 25310725.
- "National Guideline Clearinghouse | Practice parameter: thymectomy for autoimmune myasthenia gravis (an evidence-based review). Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology.". www.guideline.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- Mehndiratta, Man Mohan; Pandey, Sanjay; Kuntzer, Thierry (2014-10-13). Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor treatment for myasthenia gravis. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006986.pub3.
- Choices, N. H. S. (2014). "Atropine - Myasthenia-gravis medicines and drugs - NHS Choices". Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- Kumar, Vikas; Kaminski, Henry J. (7 October 2010). "Treatment of Myasthenia Gravis". Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. 11 (1): 89–96. doi:10.1007/s11910-010-0151-1. ISSN 1528-4042.
- Mehndiratta, MM; Pandey, S; Kuntzer, T (Oct 13, 2014). "Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor treatment for myasthenia gravis.". The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 10: CD006986. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006986.pub3. PMID 25310725.
- Juel VC (2004). "Myasthenia gravis: management of myasthenic crisis and perioperative care". Semin Neurol. 24 (1): 75–81. doi:10.1055/s-2004-829595. PMID 15229794.
- "Surgical removal of the thymus for myasthenia gravis that is not caused by a tumour of the thymus | Cochrane". www.cochrane.org. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- Goldenberg, W.D.; Shah, A.K. "Myasthenia Gravis". eMedicine. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- Cup E.H., Pieterse A.J., ten Broek-Pastoor J.M., Munneke M., van Engelen B.G., Hendricks H.T., van der Wilt G.J., Oostendorp R.A., EH; Pieterse, AJ; Ten Broek-Pastoor, JM; Munneke, M; Van Engelen, BG; Hendricks, HT; Van Der Wilt, GJ; Oostendorp, RA (2007). "Exercise therapy and other types of physical therapy for patients with neuromuscular diseases: a systematic review". Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 88 (11): 1452–64. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2007.07.024. PMID 17964887.
- Sieb, J P (2014). "Myasthenia gravis: an update for the clinician". Clinical and Experimental Immunology. 175 (3): 408–418. doi:10.1111/cei.12217. ISSN 0009-9104. PMC . PMID 24117026.
- Cea, Gabriel; Benatar, Michael; Verdugo, Renato J; Salinas, Rodrigo A (November 14, 2013). "Thymectomy for non-thymomatous myasthenia gravis". Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008111.pub2.
- Losen M, Martínez-Martínez P, Phernambucq M, Schuurman J, Parren PW, DE Baets MH (2008). "Treatment of myasthenia gravis by preventing acetylcholine receptor modulation". Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1132: 174–9. doi:10.1196/annals.1405.034. PMID 18567867.
- Conti-Fine, Bianca; Milani, Monica (December 1, 2006). "Myasthenia gravis: past, present, and future". The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 116: 2843–2854. doi:10.1172/JCI29894. PMC . PMID 17080188.
- Vrinten, C; van der Zwaag, AM; Weinreich, SS; Scholten, RJ; Verschuuren, JJ (17 December 2014). "Ephedrine for myasthenia gravis, neonatal myasthenia and the congenital myasthenic syndromes.". The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 12: CD010028. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD010028.pub2. PMID 25515947.
- Vrinten, Charlotte; van der Zwaag, Angeli M; Weinreich, Stephanie S; Scholten, Rob JPM; Verschuuren, Jan JGM (December 17, 2014). "Ephedrine for myasthenia gravis, neonatal myasthenia and the congenital myasthenic syndromes". Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 12: CD010028. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD010028.pub2. PMID 25515947.
- Steinbeck, JA; Jaiswal, MK; Calder, EL; Kishinevsky, S; Weishaupt, A; Toyka, KV; Goldstein, PA; Studer, L (7 January 2016). "Functional Connectivity under Optogenetic Control Allows Modeling of Human Neuromuscular Disease.". Cell stem cell. 18 (1): 134–43. doi:10.1016/j.stem.2015.10.002. PMID 26549107.
- Nielsen, Chad. "Toughness is a Choice". ESPN Magazine. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
- "Who Was Christopher Robin Milne?". 2007-06-18. Archived from the original on 18 June 2007. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
- "Hollywood Legend Ann-Margret on Faith, Love and Recovery". Retrieved 2015-07-12.
- The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
- The Myasthenia Gravis Association (MGA) for the United Kingdom
- The Myasthenia Gravis Association (MGA) for the Republic of Ireland
- The Myasthenia Gravis Coalition of Canada
- Zhang, Zhenchang; Guo, Jia; Su, Gang; Li, Jiong; Wu, Hua; Xie, Xiaodong (November 17, 2014). "Evaluation of the Quality of Guidelines for Myasthenia Gravis with the AGREE II Instrument". PLoS ONE. 9 (11): e111796. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111796. PMC . PMID 25402504.
- "NCBI - Diagnostic". www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2015-07-11.