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Myasthenia Gravis

Botox

01/24/2008

Question:

My mom has MG, and I`m wondering whether you think it is a bad idea to get cosmetic botox injections even if I have no symptons of the disease myself. I`m a little concerned about having inherited a gene for MG which may become "activated" if I get the injections. I do have chronic hives and allergies--but no sign of MG.

What is your opinion, please, and thanks for your help.

Answer:

I wish I could be more helpful but I just don't know the answer. Certainly patients with MG should not get Botox injections. The risk of MG in a first degree relative is 1% or so. Whether or not botox injections increase the chances is unknown.

Thanks for your question.

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Response by:

John G Quinlan, MD John G Quinlan, MD
Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati