A neurologist will help determine the most appropriate treatment option depending on a number of factors, including which muscles are affected and how weak the muscles are.
Physical therapy and learning new coping skills may help to improve daily life.
Myasthenia gravis treatment may include one or more of the following therapies:
- Medications that help improve neuromuscular transmission and increase muscle strength;
- Drugs that improve muscle strength by suppressing the production of abnormal antibodies;
- Thymectomy, the surgical removal of the thymus gland (which is sometimes abnormal in myasthenia gravis patients);
- Plasmapheresis, where abnormal antibodies are removed from the blood while cells are replaced;
- Immune globulin delivered intravenously, which affects the immune system by adding antibodies from donated blood.