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Myasthenia Gravis in Children

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What is myasthenia gravis?

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that causes the muscles, especially in the eyes, mouth, throat and limbs, to weaken after periods of activity. The weakness usually improves after a period of rest. When this condition occurs in children, it’s called juvenile myasthenia gravis (JMG).

Most children with JMG have symptoms that come and go throughout their lives. The degree of muscle weakness and the muscles that are affected vary from person to person. In some cases, JMG may be a life threatening condition. However, with treatment, most children with the disease improve over time and some children go into remission (symptom-free periods) for long periods of time.

Care for myasthenia gravis

At the Boston Children’s Hospital Neuromuscular Center, our team of world-renowned experts in child neurology, orthopedics, genetics and ophthalmology treat a wide range of rare disorders, including myasthenia gravis.

We use the most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods available and incorporate minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Our teams will work together with your family to develop treatment plans that meet your child's unique needs.

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