What is the role of thymectomy in the treatment of myasthenia gravis (MG)?

Updated: Aug 27, 2018
  • Author: Abbas Jowkar, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Thymectomy

  • The Randomized Trial of Thymectomy in Myasthenia Gravis, a landmark study, has shown that trans-sternal thymectomy improves MG and even induces remission, or lessens the requirements or perhaps removes the need for prednisone and other immunosuppressants over a period of 3 years. [15]

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.

What is myasthenia gravis? Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that's categorized as a type II hypersensitivity that involves autoantibodies binding acetylcholine receptors on skeletal muscle cells. Courtesy of Osmosis.org (https://www.osmosis.org/).

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