Congenital Myasthenia Gravis
Congenital myasthenia gravis, also called congenital myasthenic syndrome, is a hereditary type of MG caused by a genetic defect rather than an abnormal immune system response. An individual requires a copy of the defective gene from both parents to exhibit the disease.
The symptoms are much like immune-related MG. Congenital MG traits may begin anytime from birth into adulthood. There are various types of congenital myasthenia gravis differing by the location and nature of the genetic defect that produces the poor neuromuscular connection.
Congenital MG does not respond to immunosuppressive drugs. Genetic causes of the disease are still in question. Medications are available that may help alleviate symptoms. However, if the type of congenital MG is misdiagnosed, the wrong medications may worsen symptoms.
Do you live with, are a caregiver of, or a friend or family of an individual with congenital myasthenia gravis? Is that experience in line with these findings or unique?
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