Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

MG Onset Follows Surgery to Remove Thymus in Case Study

In an older woman, myasthenia gravis (MG) onset followed surgery to remove a thymoma, or tumor of the thymus, a case study reported. Doctors should actively check for MG symptoms in patients with a thymoma before and after surgery, and measure the levels of self-reacting antibodies against acetylcholine receptors,…

MuSK-MG Linked to Eye and Bulbar Symptoms, Chinese Study Finds

A type of myasthenia gravis (MG) caused by the presence of self-reactive antibodies targeting muscle-specific kinase (MuSK) affects mostly women and manifests with eye and bulbar symptoms (those involving the face and neck), according to a single-center study in Northwest China. In these cases, MG can be successfully managed…

Rare Case Report Attributes MG in Elderly Man to COVID-19 Vaccine

An 82-year-old man was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis (MG) shortly after receiving his second dose of the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, a case study reports. He lacked typical MG symptoms, but instead developed speech problems (dysarthria) and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). “Diagnosis of COVID-19 vaccine associated new onset myasthenia gravis…

Older Age, Blood Analysis Aid in Predicting Myasthenic Crisis Severity

Older age, moderate‐to‐severe anemia, and extremely high white blood cell counts were significant predictors of in‐hospital mortality in myasthenia gravis (MG) patients having a myasthenic crisis — marked by severe difficulties in breathing that require mechanical ventilation — a study from Taiwan reported. The study, “Hemogram parameters can…

Myasthenia Gravis May Be Tied to Kidney Cancer, Study Finds

Renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer, may be linked with myasthenia gravis due to an abnormal immune system response to cancer cells, a study of six people with these two disorders reported. Thymomas, or tumors of the thymus, are known to possibly trigger autoimmune diseases, including myasthenia gravis, in what is…

Gut Bacterial Markers May Aid Diagnosis of Children

Analysis of five bacterial markers present in the gut microbiome — the community of microbes living in the gut — may help in diagnosing myasthenia gravis (MG) in children, according to a Chinese study. The study, “Metagenome-wide association study of gut microbiome revealed potential microbial marker…

Test That Tracks Eye Movements May Help in Diagnosing MG

Videonystagmography, a video-tracking system used to investigate balance disorders, can also detect eye muscle fatigue and recovery in myasthenia gravis (MG) patients, making it a potentially useful diagnostic test for MG, a study reported. The study, “A Novel Diagnostic Method for Myasthenia Gravis,” was published in…

2021 Myasthenia Gravis Survey Results

BioNews Survey Infographic

Myasthenia Gravis News conducted a survey from Feb. 11-March 28 to gain greater insight into the characteristics of the MG community and disease management. Results of the survey have now been published. Click on the image to view the infographic, and click here to read the story.