Myasthenia gravis--a rare presentation with tongue atrophy and fasciculation

Burch, J; Warren-Gash, C; Ingham, V; Patel, M; Bennett, D; Chaudhuri, KR; (2006) Myasthenia gravis--a rare presentation with tongue atrophy and fasciculation. Age and ageing, 35 (1). pp. 87-8. ISSN 0002-0729 DOI:

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: We report the case of an unusual presentation of myasthenia gravis with tongue atrophy and fasciculation. Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune condition associated with weakness and fatigability of voluntary muscles. In >50%, the initial symptoms and signs are related to extraocular muscle weakness, such as diplopia or ptosis [Tsung K, Seggev JS. An unusual cause of dysphagia. West J Med 1995; 163: 159-60]. Rarely, it is known to affect bulbar muscles and can lead to dysphagia and respiratory compromise.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Aged, Atrophy, Disease Progression, Fasciculation/*etiology, Humans, Male, Myasthenia Gravis/*complications, Tongue/*pathology, Tongue Diseases/*etiology/pathology, Aged, Atrophy, Disease Progression, Fasciculation, etiology, Humans, Male, Myasthenia Gravis, complications, Tongue, pathology, Tongue Diseases, etiology, pathology
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 16364941
Web of Science ID: 234223700018


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