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Pediatric Myasthenia Gravis

Key Points about Myasthenia Gravis

  • Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a disorder that causes weakness in muscles around the body. It mostly affects the eyes, mouth, throat, arms and legs.
  • Transient neonatal MG is a temporary form of MG. It can happen in babies born to mothers with MG. The symptoms go away weeks or months after birth.
  • Juvenile MG is an autoimmune disorder. It is a lifelong condition that may go in and out of remission.
  • Congenital MG is a very rare form of MG that is inherited. Symptoms usually start at birth and are lifelong.
  • Treatment may include medicines, surgery or blood product infusions. In severe cases, a child may need a breathing machine (ventilator) to help with breathing.
  • Issues may come up as a child grows and develops. Children with MG need to see their healthcare team often.


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