Stem Cell Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis in Valparaiso, IN
Understanding Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that affects thousands in the US. It's characterized by weakness and fatigue of voluntary muscles. The disease is caused by the disrupted communication of nerve impulses to muscles. A protein called tyrosine kinase is involved the formation of the junction between nerves and muscles.
The immune system of those with myasthenia gravis produces antibodies that can destroy both the receptor sites used to transport nerve impulses and block the function of tyrosine kinase. This means that the formation of nerve-muscular junctions may be hindered, and fewer receptor sites may exist to support them. This can lead to symptoms such as muscle weakness or drooping eyelids. While it's possible to develop symptoms of the disease at any age, it is most commonly diagnosed in adult women under 40 and adult men above 60.
There is no known cure for myasthenia gravis, but there are several treatments for symptom relief. Medications used to treat the disease are often designed to enhance communication of impulses from nerves to muscles and prevent interference from the immune system. Fatigue, stress, high temperatures, and certain medications are all factors that may worsen the symptoms of myasthenia gravis.
For more information on stem cell treatment for myasthenia gravis, call (765) 259-0545 or contact Charles Turner MD online.
Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis
- Muscle weakness
- Drooping eyelids
- Double or blurry vision
- Shortness of breath
Stem Cell Treatment Options
Stem cell treatments are developed for the treatment of myasthenia gravis that may minimize the impact of certain symptoms. Stem cells found in bone marrow are believed to show signs of slowing or potentially stopping the onset of myasthenia gravis.
Bone marrow stem cells have been the most popular in treating myasthenia gravis and harvested for the purpose of restoring muscular function. With proper treatment, those who suffer from myasthenia gravis may greatly improve their symptoms, strength, and quality of life. This allows many with the disease to lead fairly normal lives. For more information on stem cell treatments for this disease, call (765) 259-0545 or contact Charles Turner MD online.
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