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What is myasthenia gravis?

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Myasthenia gravis is a chronic condition that causes muscles to tire and weaken easily. For example, if you have myasthenia gravis, you may notice that during a meal, your jaw muscles become tired and weak, making it harder to chew food. After you have rested for a little while, the muscles may become strong again, so you can get back to eating.

This waxing-and-waning weakness of muscles, worsening with use and improving with rest, is a hallmark of this particular disease. There usually are times when you may notice more symptoms (called an exacerbation), and other periods when symptoms decrease or disappear (remission).

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

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