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Rituximab in severe seronegative juvenile myasthenia gravis: review of the literature.
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PMID:  22883288     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder caused by circulating antibodies that block acetylcholine receptors at the postsynaptic neuromuscular junction. A wide range of symptomatic therapy with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and immunotherapy such as corticosteroids, azathioprine, cyclosporine, mycophenolate mofetil, plasmapheresis, and intravenous immunoglobulin has been used in the treatment of myasthenia gravis, with variable responses. However, most modalities of treatment involve delayed onset of action. We describe a child with severe, life-threatening seronegative myasthenia gravis who repeatedly failed extubation and responded dramatically to rituximab. She achieved complete and sustained remission for more than 9 months, with gradual reduction in steroid dose without any side effects. Advances in the treatment of myasthenia gravis have reduced mortality and morbidity and improved the quality of life in these patients.
Roshan Koul; Amna Al Futaisi; Reem Abdwani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric neurology     Volume:  47     ISSN:  1873-5150     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr. Neurol.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508183     Medline TA:  Pediatr Neurol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  209-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Child Health, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat, Oman.
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