Clinical Drug Investigation

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 1–14 | Cite as

Diagnosis and Management of Autoimmune Myasthenia Gravis

Review Article

Abstract

Earlier diagnosis and the availability of effective treatments have reduced the burden of high mortality and severe disability previously associated with myasthenia gravis (MG). Consequently, the prognosis of MG is now much improved. However, despite extensive knowledge of MG and its aetiology, diagnosing the disease remains problematic and can be delayed because of its nonspecific and fluctuating symptoms, and the management of MG is associated with considerable limitations. Current treatments based on immunomodulation are associated with adverse effects arising from prolonged immune suppression. There is a need for improved awareness among primary caregivers about this relatively rare, but treatable, disease.

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Acknowledgements

The author thanks Rod McNab and Mary Hines from inScience Communications, a Wolters Kluwer business, who provided medical writing services funded by MEDA Group, Spain. The author also acknowledges the supportive discussions at Eurobiobank (supported by Translational Research in Europe — Assessment and Treatment of Neuromuscular Diseases [TREAT-NMD]) and the support of the Italian Ministry of Education. The author has no conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this review.

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  1. 1.Department of NeurosciencesUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.IRCSS S. CamilloVeniceItaly

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