autoimmune neuromuscular disease. It is characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal muscles of the body. Common symptoms include weakness of the muscles that control the eye and eyelid; facial expressions; chewing; talking; and swallowing. Weakness tends to increase during periods of activity and improves after periods of rest. The exact cause of myasthenia gravis is unknown. Some cases have been linked to tumors in the thymus gland. Researchers believe that variations in certain genes may increase a person's risk to develop this condition, but it is likely that other factors also play a role. There is no cure for myasthenia gravis, but lifestyle changes and some medicines may allow for periods without symptoms (remission).Myasthenia gravis is a chronic
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