Myasthenia gravis is a rare autoimmune disorder that causes symptoms such as a drooping eyelid and muscle weakness. In children and adolescents the disease is called juvenile myasthenia gravis (JMG).
In this video, an experienced team of neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and pediatric surgeons from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) talks about how they work together to provide treatment for myasthenia gravis.
Watch the video to meet families who turned to CHOP for myasthenia gravis treatment and learn more about the different forms of the disease, including ocular myasthenia gravis, with droopy eyelid (ptosis) the primary symptom, and generalized myasthenia gravis, when the disease affects more of the body. CHOP clinicians also discuss the different myasthenia gravis treatment options, including medicines and thymectomy, surgery to remove the thymus, which can result in complete remission. (Many thanks to the Zalewski family, whose generous support helped make this video possible.)
Related Centers and Programs:
Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery, Division of Neurology, Division of Ophthalmology