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Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia

10/23/2007

Question:

Can myasthenia gravis result to impotency? What drugs can correct lack of sustained erection? Is myasthenia gravis curable? And How?

Answer:

Myasthenia does not cause impotence. There are medications that can help with that problem, but I would talk to a trained professional (like a urologist or your primary care doctor). There are many reasons for erectile dysfunction, and I would not recommend any treatment until you have an idea about why.

As far as myasthenia being a curable disease, it is a treatable disease, but I would not consider it a curable disease. Remission, a reversal of some or all symptoms, occurs in about 20 percent of people with myasthenia. Patients with myasthenia gravis may experience spontaneous remission that can last weeks, months, or years. The remissions are usually temporary, with an average duration of five years. Some people have experienced apparently permanent remissions, lasting over 20 years. Patients in remission might even not require medication.

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Response by:

Robert W Neel, IV, MD Robert W Neel, IV, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati