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Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disease that affects the connection between nerves and muscles, resulting in muscle weakness. It occurs more often in women than in men, usually beginning from age 20-40.
In this Medically Speaking podcast, Dr. Neil Porter, a neurologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, discusses the symptoms and treatments for myasthenia gravis. Years ago, the disease could be fatal when it began to affect breathing muscles, but newer therapies have helped. Sometimes people with myasthenia gravis will have surgery to remove their thymus gland, which is part of the immune system.
In this interview with Sharon Boston, Dr. Porter also talks about research into myasthenia gravis. Dr. Porter is also an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
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