Other Names for this Disease
- Acquired myasthenia
- Autoimmune myasthenia gravis
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Myasthenia gravis is not directly inherited nor is it contagious. However, genetic predisposition to autoimmune diseases can run in families. Occasionally, myasthenia gravis may occur in more than one member of the same family.
Last updated: 1/31/2014
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