Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder that causes weakness that can affect vision, facial muscles, chewing, swallowing, arm and leg strength, and breathing. In MG, the body’s immune system makes antibodies against receptors on the muscles that allow the nerves to tell them to contract. When these receptors are blocked, people will experience weakness. MG can present in a variety of ways. For this reason, it is often called the “snowflake” disease because every person that gets it is so different than the other. The diagnosis is often made with a simple blood test to look for these antibodies. In some instances, electrodiagnostic testing may need to be done. Treatment consists of medication to help the nerves talk to the muscles better or medications to suppress the immune system from producing these antibodies.
Spectrum Health is a Myasthenia Gravis Partners in Care Site.
For more information about MG, visit: Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
Local support group: MG-MI