Types of Myasthenia Gravis
Multiple types of Myasthenia gravis exist that one could be diagnosed with, depending on the age when symptoms began, its cause, muscle groups, thymoma, and antibodies. An individual can have more than one type, and initial diagnosis types can progress into other forms.
This article (https://myastheniagravisnews.com/types/) on our website discusses the two main types:
- Generalized (weakness seen in multiple muscles)
- Ocular (eye muscles)
And the following subtypes:
- Congenital (caused by defective genes from both parents)
- Juvenile (begins before age 18)
- Transient neonatal (babies whose mother transferred MG during development)
Other subtypes I have seen members in our community mention they are diagnosed with include:
- early-onset (symptoms before 50)
- late-onset (symptoms after 50)
- autoimmune (immune system destroying communication between muscles and nerves)
- Acetylcholine receptor (AChR) (antibody type)
- Muscle-specific kinase (MUSK) (antibody type)
- Lipoprotein-related protein 4 (LRP4) (antibody type)
What type(s) of MG do you have? Have you been diagnosed with multiple types? Has this changed over time?
If you have a rarer form, please educate us about it!
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