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Association of myasthenia gravis and Behçet's disease: A case report

Aysin Kisabay, Ummu Serpil Sari, Recep Boyaci, Melike Batum, Hikmet Yilmaz, Deniz Selcuki
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2016.03.007
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2016;50(4):284-287.

open access

Vol 50, No 4 (2016)
Case reports
Submitted: 2016-02-19

Abstract

Myasthenia gravis is a disease of neuromuscular junction due to auto-immune destruction of the acetylcholine receptors. Behçet's disease, on the other hand, is a multisystemic vascular-inflammatory disease. Both conditions are not common in the general population although their association has not been reported in the literature. We wanted to present our patient who developed clinical course of myasthenia gravis following discontinuation of medications due to complications of corticosteroid for Behçet's disease. It was observed that clinical findings of myasthenia gravis recovered following restarting steroid treatment and he did not experience attacks of both conditions. Although Myasthenia gravis and Behçet's disease are distinct entities clinically as well as in terms of pathogenesis, they share common physiopathological features and their treatment is based on their common features.

Abstract

Myasthenia gravis is a disease of neuromuscular junction due to auto-immune destruction of the acetylcholine receptors. Behçet's disease, on the other hand, is a multisystemic vascular-inflammatory disease. Both conditions are not common in the general population although their association has not been reported in the literature. We wanted to present our patient who developed clinical course of myasthenia gravis following discontinuation of medications due to complications of corticosteroid for Behçet's disease. It was observed that clinical findings of myasthenia gravis recovered following restarting steroid treatment and he did not experience attacks of both conditions. Although Myasthenia gravis and Behçet's disease are distinct entities clinically as well as in terms of pathogenesis, they share common physiopathological features and their treatment is based on their common features.

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Keywords

Behçet' s disease, Myasthenia gravis, Autoimmune, Acetylcholine receptor antibody, Corticosteroid

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Title

Association of myasthenia gravis and Behçet's disease: A case report

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 50, No 4 (2016)

Pages

284-287

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2016.03.007

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2016;50(4):284-287.

Keywords

Behçet's disease
Myasthenia gravis
Autoimmune
Acetylcholine receptor antibody
Corticosteroid

Authors

Aysin Kisabay
Ummu Serpil Sari
Recep Boyaci
Melike Batum
Hikmet Yilmaz
Deniz Selcuki

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