Case Reports

Myasthenia Gravis and anesthesia: a case report

  • Hakan Erkal
  • Yaman Özyurt
  • Zuhal Arıkan

Received Date: 18.05.2006 Accepted Date: 25.10.2006 Med J Bakirkoy 2006;2(4):141-143

Myasthenia Gravis is a neurological autoimmune disease which requires significant care for the anesthesiologists. It is characterized by muscle weakness that worsens on repetition but improves with rest. Muscle weakness and fatigue arise from defective or decreased acetylcholine receptors at the neuromuscular junctions. The most prevalent cause of Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder in which the patients produce antibodies that attach the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor at the neuromuscular junction.

The purpose of this case report is to review to anesthetic management of a patient with Myasthenia Gravis.

Keywords: anesthesia, Myasthenia Gravis, laryngeal mask