Introduction to Myasthenia Gravis: A Rare, Neurological Autoimmune Disease

The immune system plays an important role in keeping your body healthy. It helps protect your organs and tissues from disease-causing foreign bodies, such as bacteria and viruses. To do this, your immune system releases specific antibodies that work to prevent infections.1

In certain situations, however, your immune system turns against your own body, causing autoimmune diseases to develop. Examples of autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and psoriasis. There is no known cure for autoimmune diseases. Instead, treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms.2

One autoimmune disease you should pay attention to is myasthenia gravis, which causes weakness in your voluntary muscles throughout your body. It’s estimated that 14 to 20 per 100,000 people, or a total of 36,000 to 60,000 people, currently have it. Elderly men and middle-aged women are the groups commonly associated with the disease.3

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