Taking a Look at Myasthenia Gravis

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People go to doctors offices with a lot of different conditions everyday. A lot of those conditions happen to share the same symptoms which could make it hard to determine what is truly wrong with a patient without a diagnosis. A diagnosis is “a methodical evaluation of symptoms and complaints through interview, observation, testing instruments and/or procedures taken to determine if an illness is present” (1). It is important that a person be diagnosed thoroughly and properly so that they can receive the right treatment (if available) to make the patient better. A patient with symptoms like Susan’s would need a full diagnosis to determine exactly what he/she has, which is what her doctor did. Her doctor’s diagnosis made it easy for us to determine whether her illness is myasthenia gravis or myotonic muscular dystrophy. Here’s how.
We learned through research that myasthenia gravis and myotonic muscular dystrophy are two common forms of muscular disorders. Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disorder that usually occurs in the arms, head and chest (2). Its symptoms include limb weakness, drooping eyelids, impaired vision, difficulty chewing and swallowing, slurred speech, difficulty breathing and abnormality of the thymus gland (3). Myotonic muscular dystrophy is one of many forms of muscular dystrophy that is characterized by muscle wasting and myotonia or the inability to relax muscles (4). Its symptoms include, but are not limited to drooping eyelids, cataracts,

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