In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, is joined by Kerry Bailey, DVM, DACVIM, to talk about her recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Diagnosing & Treating Myasthenia Gravis.” Dr. Bailey covers this condition from top to bottom, everything from the different forms and presentations all the way to specific drugs to address each component of therapy. Don’t miss this informative episode.
Two main forms are congenital (less common) and acquired (more common).
Acquired myasthenia gravis involves the immune system targeting the skeletal muscle neuromuscular acetylcholine receptors.
Primary complaints are exercise intolerance and weakness with a high percentage of esophageal disease.
Diagnosis is based on history and examination findings, autoantibody titers, and/or muscle biopsy.
The three branches of treatment are anticholinesterase therapy, immunomodulatory therapy, and supportive care.
Where to find us:
Alyssa Watson, DVM - Host
Alexis Ussery - Producer & Multimedia Specialist