Can Thymectomy Treat Myasthenia Gravis?

Q:
Can thymectomy treat myasthenia gravis?

A:
About 15 percent of the people with myasthenia gravis have a tumor in their thymus gland, a gland under the breastbone that is involved with the immune system. If you have a tumor, called a thymoma, doctors will conduct surgery to remove your thymus gland (thymectomy).

If you don’t have a tumor in the thymus gland, surgery to remove the thymus gland may improve your myasthenia gravis symptoms. It may eliminate your symptoms, and you may be able to stop taking medications for your condition. However, you may not notice the benefits of a thymectomy for several years, if at all.

A thymectomy may be performed as an open surgery or as a minimally invasive surgery.

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