Myasthenia Gravis Disease
The information found here will describe the common condition referred to as myasthenia gravis disease. In this article, we will discuss further information about this disorder including the cause of this disease, the signs and symptoms, along with myasthenia gravis treatment, as well. This condition can affect people of any age, gender, or race; however, it is most common in women under forty years of age and men over sixty. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know concerning this disease and how to treat it, as well.
The cause of this condition is an autoimmune (causing anti-bodies to attack the body rather than protect it) and neurological condition (which affects the nerves). Normally, when the condition is not present, the impulses that the nerves receive are transmitted by releasing acetylcholine, which is the neurotransmitter. The acetylcholine then travels through the nerves to the acetylcholine receptors, which in turn, causes a muscle contraction. However, when this condition is present, antibodies work against the receptors, which prevent the contraction, as well as healthy function of the muscle.
The symptoms of this condition can particularly affect the eye and eyelid movement (ocular myasthenia), and facial. Symptoms of the disorder can include drooping or weakness of the eye or eyelids; blurred or double vision; weakness of the arms, neck, hands, fingers, legs; a changed, sleepy look to the face; shortness of breath and speech impairment, as well.
Myasthenia gravis treatment consists of eye ptosis repair surgery, which repairs the muscles that have slipped inside the eyelid and may involve removing the skin, as well. Blepharoplasty is another surgery, which is commonly performed along with eye ptosis repair surgery to correct this condition.
Blepharoplasty surgery is performed on the upper lid where the excess skin is removed to repair the cosmetic appearance and to restore the functionality of the eye, as well. As with any eye surgery, careful precautions should be made by a trusted surgeon because of the delicate tissue surrounding the eye.
Those suffering from a severe form of this condition might develop excess skin. Many people affected by this disorder also have blocked vision, as well. Moreover, in the case that extra skin is involved, the patient may want or need a brow lift in order to further correct the effects of this disorder. If the droopiness is blocking peripheral vision, it’s important to consult your health insurance provider because your insurance will likely pay for the repair surgery, in this case.
Schedule an appointment with a trusted care provider, who will answer the questions you may have regarding the corrective surgery. Choose a knowledgeable surgeon that will perform the procedure with care. Myasthenia gravis disease is easily treatable with surgery and the proper follow-up care.