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Myasthenia Gravis

SFEMG and myasthenic crisis

05/18/2009

Question:

is it possible to have a normal SFEMG during a myasthenic crisis or near-crisis. eg-when there is severe generalized weakness and respiratory difficulties with a concomitant drop in the MIP and vital capacity. if not what is the possible alternative diagnosis. and what further tests need to be done, in order to verify it.

Answer:

No, it is not possible to have normal SFEMG in muscle weakened by MG. So if you have generalized weakness and a weak muscle showed normal SFEMG results, the cause is something else. There are other possibilities but it is not at all a good idea for me to speculate over the internet. The key is to work directly with an experienced neuromuscular specialist. An accurate diagnosis requires a solid doctor patient relationship. It is also always fine to get a second opinion.

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Response by:

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