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A Look into Myasthenia Gravis

Edited by Joseph A. Pruitt

Minneapolis VA Health Care System, United States of America

Myasthenia gravis is presently an incurable antibody-mediated autoimmune disorder characterized by generalized voluntary skeletal muscle weakness. The cause of the weakness is a defect at the neuromuscular junction level, in which autoimmune antibodies block the receptors responsible for initiating muscular contraction. Literally translated from its Latin and Greek etymological roots, myasthenia gravis means "grave muscle weakness". Fortunately, advances in modern medicine have resulted in a reduction of the truly "grave" outcomes for those inflicted but, without a cure, the gravity surrounding the disease remains

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A Look into Myasthenia GravisEdited by Joseph A. Pruitt

Published: January 20th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/1243

ISBN: 978-953-307-821-2

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-6702-0

Copyright year: 2012

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1. Myasthenia Gravis with Anti-MuSK Antibodies: Clinical Features and Histopathological Changes

By Corrado Angelini, Sara Martignago, Michela Biscigli and Elisa Albertini


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2. Ocular Manifestations of Myasthenia Gravis

By Joseph A. Pruitt and Pauline Ilsen


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3. Myasthenia Gravis – Current Treatment Standards and Emerging Drugs

By Kamil Musilek, Marketa Komloova, Ondrej Holas, Anna Horova, Jana Zdarova-Karasova and Kamil Kuca


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4. Immunomodulatory Treatments for Myasthenia Gravis: Plasma Exchange, Intravenous Immunoglobulins and Semiselective Immunoadsorption

By Fulvio Baggi and Carlo Antozzi


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5. Respiratory Care for Myasthenic Crisis

By Ping-Hung Kuo and Pi-Chuan Fan


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6. Unilaterally Extended Thoracoscopic Thymectomy: The Right Side or the Left Side Approach

By Victor Tomulescu


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7. Robotic Thymectomy

By Victor Tomulescu


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