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Glossary for Myasthenia Gravis

  • Angiofollicular lymph hyperplasia: A rare disorder of the lymph system characterized by the development of benign tumors in lymph tissue anywhere in the body.
  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues
  • Blepharoptosis: Droopy upper eyelid. The condition may be caused by such things as stroke, brain tumor, diabetes and myasthenia gravis.
  • Botulism food poisoning: Extremely dangerous food poisoning requiring medical attention, but not always recognized because of its non-abdominal symptoms.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Severe chronic fatigue disorder often following infection.
  • Diplopia: Double vision
  • Diseases contagious contagious mother-to-fetus: Diseases contagious from mother to a fetus during pregnancy
  • Double vision: Double vision
  • Drooping eyelids: Drooping of the eyelids
  • Eye movement symptoms: Symptoms affecting the movement of the eye
  • Eyelid symptoms: Symptoms affecting the eyelid
  • Facial weakness: Weakness affecting the face
  • Fibromyalgia: A difficult to diagnose condition affecting the muscles and/or joints
  • Hyperthyroidism: Too much thyroid hormone production.
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome: A condition where a patient with a carcinoma suffers from progressive muscular weakness.
  • Lupus: Autoimmune disease with numerous effects on various organs and linings.
  • Movement disorders: Medical conditions affecting the movement systems, such as walking or tremor.
  • Muscle conditions: Any condition that affects the muscles of the body
  • Muscle weakness: A condition which is characterized by an inability of the muscles to function at their full strenght
  • Musculoskeletal conditions: Medical conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system of bones, muscles and related structures.
  • Myasthenia Gravis: An autoimmune disorder which interferes with nerve impulses to muscles and hence results in weak, easily fatigued muscles.
  • Neonatal myasthenia: Complication in babies of mothers with myasthenia gravis.
  • Nervous system conditions: Diseases affecting the nerves and the nervous system.
  • Neuromuscular conditions: Conditions affecting the nerve-muscle systems.
  • Ophthalmoplegia: A disorder that is characterised by the paralysis of the eye muscles
  • Paralysis symptoms: Loss of body control and/or feeling.
  • Polyendocrine deficiency syndrome type 2: Multi-endocrine syndrome usually affecting young adults.
  • Polyglandular Autoimmune Syndrome type 3: A rare genetic disorder characterized by the malfunction of more than one endocrine gland resulting in impaired hormone production. The gland malfunction results from autoimmune damage to the tissue. There are four subtypes of the disorder with type 3 occurring mainly in female adults. Type 3 usually starts with thyroid gland problems and then other autoimmune conditions such as diabetes.
  • Pyridostigmine -- Teratogenic Agent: There is evidence to indicate that exposure to Pyridostigmine during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exposure and the stage of pregnancy that the exposure occurred at.
  • Respiratory failure: Failure of the respiratory system
  • Respiratory paralysis: Respiratory paralysis occurs when the muscles associated with breathing become do weak to function properly. Breathing becomes difficulty and severe cases can result in death if breathing assistance is not delivered. The condition can result from such things as motor neuron disease, trauma and myopathy.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Autoimmune form of arthritis usually in teens or young adults.
  • Thymoma: A condition which is characterized by s tumour derived from the epithelial cells of the thymus
  • Thymus Cancer: Cancer that occurs in the thymus


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