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All Diseases > Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia Gravis (MG)

Alternative Names: Snowflake Disease

Disease Category: Myasthenia Gravis

A neuromuscular disorder caused by an autoimmune response which blocks or damages acetylcholine receptors in muscles. Affected receptors cannot properly receive nerve signals, impacting voluntary muscle contractions. Generalized muscle weakness and fatigue with prolonged activity are characteristic symptoms, which improve with rest.

Research groups studying this disease

Myasthenia Gravis
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Myasthenia Gravis Rare Disease Network (MGNet)

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Recruiting

EXPLORE MG 2 is a natural history study designed to better understand disease characteristics and identify treatment predictive and responsive biomarkers for myasthenia gravis. A total of 300-400 participants with confirmed diagnosis of myasthenia gravis are expected to be enrolled in the study.

The Adapting Disease Specific Outcome Measures Pilot Trial for Telehealth in Myasthenia Gravis is a pilot study designed to better understand the use of modified clinical assessments during telehealth visits for patients with Myasthenia Gravis. A total of 50 adult participants with confirmed diagnosis of MG, with a range of disease severity will be enrolled across sites.

Provides services to myasthenia gravis patients and their families in China through medical, social, and economic support.

Assists individuals affected by myasthenia gravis with programs of support, education, advocacy, and research funding.

Fosters the exchange of information among MG associations in Europe and ensures that people with MG have a voice in determining their priorities.

Aims to find a cure for myasthenia gravis (MG) and closely related disorders, creating a world without MG.