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Thymectomy for myasthenia gravis

Shawn J Bird, MD
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Jeremy M Shefner, MD, PhD
Ira N Targoff, MD
Joseph S Friedberg, MD
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John F Dashe, MD, PhD
Kathryn A Collins, MD, PhD, FACS


There are four basic therapies used to treat myasthenia gravis (MG) (table 1):

Symptomatic treatments (anticholinesterase agents)

Chronic immunomodulating treatments (glucocorticoids and other immunosuppressive drugs)

Rapid immunomodulating treatments (plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin)

Surgical treatment (thymectomy)


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