Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by weakness of the skeletal muscles of the body. The name myasthenia gravis, which is Latin and Greek in origin, literally means "grave muscle weakness." With current therapies, however, most cases of myasthenia gravis are not as "grave" as the name implies. In fact, most individuals with myasthenia gravis have a normal life expectancy.
Information resources recommended:
- Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc.
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