Our Approach in the Preparation for Thymectomy in Myasthenia Gravis

  • Jose M. Ponseti
  • Eloy Espín
  • Jose M. Fort
  • Carlos Vicens
  • Manuel Armengol


Thymectomy, first performed by Sauerbruch in 1912, became a major treatment in myasthenia gravis although no prospective study of its value has ever been made (1–5). Since the first thymectomies, postoperative myasthenic crisis, has been one of the most important and feared postoperative complications, with a mortality rate ranging from 15%–33,3% in the 1950s to a current 3% (6–9).


Intensive Care Unit Stay Myasthenic Crisis Bulbar Symptom Anticholinesterase Agent Impaired Respiratory Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose M. Ponseti
    • 1
  • Eloy Espín
    • 1
  • Jose M. Fort
    • 1
  • Carlos Vicens
    • 1
  • Manuel Armengol
    • 1
  1. 1.Myasthenia Gravis Unit, Department of Surgery, Hospital General Vall d’HebronUniversidad Autonoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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