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Myasthenia Gravis

Splitting headaches & lip eruptions

04/23/2009

Question:

My sister had a thymectomy in her early 20`s & now @ 49 is experiencing extreme splitting headaches & pain between lip & chin which causes severe lower lip eruptions for past 10 months - CT of brain was normal. Could these symptoms be from the thymectomy done or return of myasthenia gravis?

Answer:

No. The thymectomy should have been much lower than this. This is also not part of myasthenia, nor a return of myasthenia. Myasthenia is painless. I would suggest seeing an infectious disease doctor and the primary care physician. This could be a form of herpes or another process.

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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