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Who is commonly affected by myasthenia gravis?

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Anyone can get myasthenia gravis. But it's most likely in women between age 20 and 40 or men between age 50 and 70. If a woman with myasthenia gravis gives birth, the baby may have some temporary, and potentially life-threatening, muscle weakness (neonatal myasthenia) because of antibodies that have transferred from the mother's bloodstream. Usually, during the first few weeks after birth, the antibodies clear out of the baby's circulation and the baby develops normal muscle tone and strength.

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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