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.

Myasthenia Gravis Causes and Symptoms


Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the voluntary muscles of the body. It may start from our eye muscles and slowly progress to involve other muscles including our breathing muscles, when it can become life threatening also. Typically, the weakness is least in the morning and starts increasing with increasing muscle activity. It is most obvious on repetitive work by the same group of muscles.