What is Myasthenia Gravis?


According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is "a chronic autoimmune, neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles that worsens after periods of activity and improves after periods of rest."

The actual name, myasthenia gravis, is derived from Latin and Greek origins. It means, "grave, muscle weakness." Although there is currently no known cure, there are many treatment options available that can ameliorate the symptoms that characterize MG.

​People with myasthenia gravis may experience any of the following symptoms:

-a change in facial expression such as an asymmetric smile
-difficulty chewing and swallowing
-impaired speech (dysarthria)
-shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
-weakness in the hands and fingers, arms, legs, neck, and eye muscles
-drooping of one or both eyelids (ptosis)
-blurred or double vision (diplopia)

The degree of muscle weakness in myasthenia gravis is dependent upon the individual. Some people with MG have very severe muscle weakness while others may have minor muscle weakness. Additionally, people with MG may experience only a few of the above symptoms while others may experience all of the above symptoms.
The Myasthenia Gravis Association is dedicated to supporting patients, families, friends, and communities impacted by myasthenia gravis.

Together, we strive to build a supportive community for those affected by myasthenia gravis by increasing public awareness, providing educational opportunities, and fostering meaningful connections with one another.

​ For more information about the Myasthenia Gravis Association
contact us us at (816) 256-4100 or allisonfoss@mgakc.org 
or visit our website at  www.mgakc.org



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