Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Myasthenia Gravis Underlying Cause

The cause for myasthenia gravis is not known. Under normal conditions, the immune system produces antibodies, which fight infection. In myasthenia gravis, the immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that block the action of chemicals released from nerves. These chemicals are unable to stimulate muscles, which results in weakness.

There is a form of this disease that can affect newborn babies.

Last Updated: Jun 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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