Management of Thymectomised Myasthenic Patients

  • W. A. Nix
  • H. Große-Höötmann
  • T. Kirchner
  • A. Marx


This prospective study followed-up fifty-six thymectomised patients with thymoma-and non thymoma-associated generalized myasthenia gravis for at least 2 years. To study the effect of thymectomy, no immunosuppression was given until needed after surgery. Forty-one percent patients with thymitis went into spontaneous remission, 37% after additional immunosuppression. Only 11% of patients with thymoma or an atrophic thymus went into spontaneous remission. This group proved difficult to be treated as within the remaining 89% over 40% improved only partially in their symptoms with immunosuppression. Within all groups it was possible to withhold without adverse effects immunosuppression until there was a definite clinical need for therapy. Early diagnosis of spontaneous remission improves considerably the quality of life, especially in young patients.


Remission Rate Thymic Carcinoma Spontaneous Remission Extensor Digitorum Communis Atrophic Thymus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. A. Nix
    • 1
  • H. Große-Höötmann
    • 1
  • T. Kirchner
    • 2
  • A. Marx
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity ClinicMainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of PathologyUniversity of ErlangenGermany
  3. 3.Department of PathologyUniversity of WürzburgGermany

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