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The first step in diagnosing this condition is a physical exam, during which your child's clinician will take your child’s complete medical history and may ask about your family history.
The clinician may also order one or more of the following tests:
Although myasthenia gravis can't be cured, there are several treatment options that can help strengthen muscles, manage symptoms and prolong symptom-free periods.
Depending on your child’s specific needs, he or she may receive one or more types of treatment.
Several types of medications are used to help reduce the symptoms of myasthenia gravis.
Children whose symptoms don’t improve with medication, or those who are heavily dependent on medication, may benefit from a surgery called thymectomy. This is the removal of the thymus, a gland in the chest that has been linked with production of the harmful antibodies.
This procedure can work very well in some, though not all, cases. Some children who have this surgery do have significant improvement.
Our staff at the Boston Children's Hospital Neuromuscular Center is dedicated to treating children with myasthenia gravis and developing the best treatment plans to manage this condition.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”