What is Myasthenia Gravis?
The name myasthenia gravis comes from the Latin and Greek words meaning “grave muscle weakness.” It refers to a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular condition and causes weakness of the involuntary muscles of the body.
It tends to affect the muscles which control eye movement, facial muscles, and the muscles involved in talking, chewing, or swallowing. In some case, movements of the extremities such as hands and legs are also affected. Thanks to developments in medicine, this disease is no longer as grave as it used to be and in most cases, life expectancy is not reduced in patients affected with myasthenia gravis.