n South African Medical Journal - Myasthenia gravis is a rare but treatable disease : correspondence

Volume 105, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a rare but treatable disease. Early recognition and treatment can prevent mortality and morbidity, thereby reducing the burden of the disease. In 85 - 90% of cases, the diagnosis is made with an acetylcholine receptor antibody (AChR) radioimmunoprecipitation assay. As a diagnostic test, the assay is 99.9% specific for the presence of MG. We recently reported the incidence of AChR-positive MG in South Africa (SA) based on all the laboratory data over a 2-year period (2011 - 2012). Here, we highlight two issues emanating from that research of importance to specialist services delivery and MG management.

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