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fatigue and muscle weakness
autoimmune disease-body attacks ACh receptors
comes & goes
weak or incomplete eye closure
loss of B/B control
decreased smell and tast
confirmed by electromyography (EMG)
rule out thyroid disease-symptoms are similar
: cholinesterase inhibitors injected, myasthenic patients will show marked improvement 4-5 minutes
(danger of ventricular fib or cardiac arrest. Have atropine available)
Myasthenia Gravis-non surgical management
: cholinesterase inhibitors
Myasthenic Crisis vs.
flare-up or worsening of symptoms caused by not enough anticholinesterase drugs
muscle weakness caused by too many anticholinesterase drugs
Priority is managing airway.
May need mechanical ventilation.
Do Not Give Anticholinergic Drugs While Patient is on Mechanical Ventilation.
Myasthenia Gravis-surgical management
Myasthenia Gravis-health teaching
: spas, hot tubs, sunbathing
keep manual resuscitation bag and suctioning equip in home