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Myasthenia Gravis

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Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America: What is Myasthenia Gravis (MG)?
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(February 19, 2016) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Myasthenia Gravis Factsheet. Available online at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myasthenia_gravis/detail_myasthenia_gravis.htm#3153_5. Accessed April 2016.

(Reviewed June 2015) Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Test and Diagnostic Methods. Available online at http://www.myasthenia.org/WhatisMG/TestDiagnosticmethods.aspx. Accessed April 2016.

(March 23, 2016) Shah A. Myasthenia Gravis. Medscape Reference. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1171206-overview. Accessed April 2016.

Meriggioli M, Sanders D. Muscle autoantibodies in myasthenia gravis: beyond diagnosis? Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2012 Jul; 8(5): 427–438. Available online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3505488/. Accessed April 2016.

(July 16, 2012) Penn A, Kaminski H. Myasthenia Gravis Factsheet. Womenshealth.gov. Available online at http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/myasthenia-gravis.html. Accessed April 2016.

Mayo Clinic staff (2015 December 24). Myasthenia gravis. Mayo Clinic [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myasthenia-gravis/basics/definition/con-20027124. Accessed April 2016.

Sources Used in Previous Reviews

(Updated 2012 December 4). Myasthenia gravis Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myasthenia_gravis/detail_myasthenia_gravis.htm. Accessed April 2013.

(Reviewed 2012 July). Myasthenia gravis. Genetics Home Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/myasthenia-gravis. Accessed April 2013.

Goldenberg, W. and Shah, A. (Updated 2013 February 11). Myasthenia Gravis. Medscape Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1171206-overview. Accessed April 2013.

Gilhus, N. (2012). Advances in the Treatment of Myasthenia Gravis. Medscape Today News from Future Neurology v7 (6):701-708 [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/774940. Accessed April 2013.

Hill, H. and Tebo, A. (Updated 2012 August). Myasthenia Gravis – MG. ARUP Consult [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.arupconsult.com/Topics/MG.html?client_ID=LTD. Accessed April 2013.

(Updated 2013 February 7). Myasthenia Gravis. Yale School of Medicine, Neurology [On-line information]. Available online at http://medicine.yale.edu/neurology/divisions/neuromuscular/mg.aspx. Accessed April 2013.

(2009 December). Facts About Myasthenia Gravis, Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome & Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes. Muscular Dystrophy Association [On-line information]. Available online at http://mda.org/publications/facts-about-myasthenia-gravis. Accessed April 2013.

Haven, T. et. al. (2010) An Algorithm for Acetylcholine Receptor Antibody Testing in Patients with Suspected Myasthenia Gravis. Clinical Chemistry v 56 (6) 1028–1040 [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.clinchem.org/content/56/6/1028.full. Accessed April 2013.

Goldenberg, W. and Sinert, R. (Updated 2011 July 15). Emergent Management of Myasthenia Gravis. Medscape Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/793136-overview. Accessed April 2013.

Idan S. and Wilkens, J. (Updated 2011 July 15). Myasthenia Gravis and Pregnancy. Medscape Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/261815-overview#showall. Accessed April 2013.

(Reviewed 2010 November). Test & Diagnostic methods. Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.myasthenia.org/WhatisMG/TestDiagnosticmethods.aspx. Accessed April 2013.

Mayo Clinic staff (2010 September 21). Myasthenia gravis. Mayo Clinic [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/myasthenia-gravis/DS00375/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print. Accessed April 2013.

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