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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Pulmonary Emboli and Myasthenia Gravis

02/01/2011

Question:

Can myasthenia gravis or immunosuppressants (like cellcept) used in treating MG cause pulmonary emboli?

Answer:

While inflammation can somewhat increase the risk for venous thromboembolic events, it is unclear if chemotherapy-like medications (outside the context of a diagnosis of cancer) increase the risk for thromboembolic events.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University