Myasthenia Gravis Complications, Diagnosis and Treatments


What complications can occur with myasthenia gravis?

Myasthenic crisis:

When the muscles that control breathing are affected, it leads to a situation called myasthenic crisis where the breathing muscles start getting paralysed. This is a life threatening emergency and patient needs to be immediately intubated and connected to a ventilator to save life. Even if the ventilator is not available, putting an endotracheal tube (tube in the windpipe) and ventilating with a bag may save life, while the patient is being transported to a health facility with ventilator. On numerous occasions we have seen catastrophic situations and lives being lost on way to the hospital.