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Myasthenia Gravis

Research and Clinical Trials for Myasthenia Gravis

Recent research on myasthenia gravis has resulted in a greater understanding of the causes and mechanisms of the disorder. Advances in diagnostic technology and new therapies have improved doctors’ ability to manage the disorder. Science now knows more about the role of the thymus gland, how neuromuscular junctions operate and the nature of autoimmune diseases.

Numerous research studies and clinical trials on myasthenia gravis seek to improve knowledge in a number of areas including:

  • The precise relationship of the thymus gland to autoimmune problems
  • Medications that manage symptoms and control antibodies
  • The effectiveness of immunosuppressant drugs
  • How neuromuscular receptors transmit messages to the muscles
  • Long-term effects of surgery to remove the thymus gland (thymectomy)
  • Blood sampling to determine if the immune system is producing antibodies that attack nerves and muscles
  • Stem cell transplantation