Myasthenia thymus gland may trigger or maintain the

Myasthenia gravis, what is it? It is an autoimmune disease. It’s a disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissue.In MG, that attack interrupts the connection between nerve and muscle.( the neuromuscular junction)MG first appeared in 1672 but wasn’t known as MG( ” grave muscular weakness”)until the 1880’s. (mayo clinic,2017/muscular dystrophy association,2017)Causes Myasthenia gravis has many causes, one cause is antibodies in your immune system. When you have MG your immune system produces antibodies that block or destroy lots of muscle receptors. One of the major receptors your immune system needs is acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a crucial substance of communication between nerve cells and muscles.With fewer receptor sites the muscle receives fewer nerve signals causing weakness. Also antibodies block a specific protein (called a muscle-specific receptor tyrosine kinase)that’s involved in forming nerve muscular junctions. Which will lead to you getting myasthenia gravis.Another cause is the thymus gland. Researchers believe that the thymus gland may trigger or maintain the production of antibodies that block acetylcholine.     (mayo clinic,2017)                                                                                                     Symptoms The main symptom of MG is weakness in skeletal muscles the weakness of muscles to contract normally occur because they can’t respond to nerve impulses. Some other symptoms of mg when it gets worse are trouble talking,problems walking up stairs or lifting objects,difficulty of breathing, and etc. (healthline)PreventionMyasthenia gravis can’t be prevented but there are some ways to prevent it from triggering. (exacerbation) some ways are avoiding emotional stress,overexertion,illness(respiratory infection and pneumonia) and etc. (health communities)Treatments Right now there is no cure for MG but there are ways to keep it under control. One way is medications.The two medications you can take are corticosteroids and immunosuppressants. They both are used to suppress the immune system. These medications also help minimize the abnormal immune response to MG. Another treatment is the removal of your thymus gland. When you remove your thymus people typically show less muscle weakness. Also another treatment is plasma exchange. This process removes harmful antibodies from the blood, which might improve muscle strength. (healthline)Demographics Some statics are that MG affects young adults,women are twice as likely to be affected by it. MG most commonly affect women under the age of 40( most common  in 20s -30s) Also for men its the age 50. (MGA)