Comparing the effectiveness of 2 alternative treatment regimens ( immunoglobulin vs. plasmaphresis) in preventing the respiratory muscle weakness following thymectomy in myasthenia gravis patients

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AA Aarvin 1 , *

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1 Iran

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Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 6 (2); e81005
Published Online: September 19, 2002
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 11, 2002
Accepted: September 11, 2002

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Abstract

Introduction and Objective: We compared the effectiveness of 2 alternative treatment regimens (immunoglobulin vs. plasmaphresis) in preventing  the respiratory muscle weakness following thymectomy  in myasthenia gravis patients.

Materials and Methods:  Of 24  patients (14 from Kermanshah and 10 from Tehran centers),   50% who  received immunoglobulin intravenously and 30% who received plasmaphresis were male.  

Results: There was no difference in effectiveness between the 2 groups.

Discussion: Because of low cost, and better patient acceptance, we recommend immunoglobulin.

Keywords

Myasthenia gravis thymectomy plasmaphresis immunoglobulin respiratory muscle weakness

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