What Are the Treatments for Myasthenia Gravis?

Q:
What are the treatments for myasthenia gravis?

A:
There is no cure for myasthenia gravis, but it is treated with medications and sometimes surgery.

You may be put on a drug called pyridostigmine (Mestinon), which helps to stimulate the receptors.

If you continue to have symptoms on pyridostigmine, an immunotherapeutic agent is usually added.

If you have a thymoma, you will need surgery to remove your thymus (thymectomy). In fact, your doctor may recommend that you undergo this surgery even if no tumor is present because removal of the thymus seems to improve symptoms in many patients.

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