PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

is myasthenia gravis an autoimmune disorder?

ANSWER

Myasthenia gravis is considered to be an autoimmune disorder. In an autoimmune disease, your immune system mistakes a part of your own body as foreign, resulting in its destruction. In the case of myasthenia gravis, your immune system targets the acetylcholine receptors that your muscles need in order to contract.

SOURCES:  

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

SOURCES:  

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What percentage of people with myasthenia gravis patients have thymoma?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.