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Myasthenia Gravis in Scottsdale, AZ

The Scottsdale Stem Cell Treatment Center offers treatment for myasthenia gravis to the residents of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and the surrounding Arizona communities.

What Is Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia gravis (my-us-THEE-nee-uh GRAY-vis) is a condition in which there is a breakdown of the signals between the nerves and muscles. The condition is characterized by general weakness of the muscles as well as muscle fatigue.

While a cure for myasthenia gravis has yet to be discovered, a number of treatment options are available that may help provide relief for the effects of the condition. Treatable symptoms include drooping eyelids, muscle weakness, double vision, and difficulty breathing, speaking and swallowing. Myasthenia gravis can develop at any age, but men who are older than 60 and women younger than 40 are at the highest risk.

What Causes Myasthenia Gravis?

The area where the nerves connect to the muscle is known as the neuromuscular junction. Myasthenia gravis causes a breakdown in this junction resulting in difficult or impossible voluntary control of the muscles. In a healthy human, a substance known as acetylcholine travels down the nerves and gives the muscles instructions. The impulses allow a person to contract their muscles and carry out general movements.

Those with myasthenia gravis, on the other hand, have a specific antibody that blocks, destroys, or in some way damages the acetylcholine before it reaches the neuromuscular junction. The antibody is part of the immune system, giving myasthenia gravis a dual-classification of both an auto-immune disease and neuromuscular disease.

What Are the Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis?

The symptoms of myasthenia gravis include the following:

  • Droopy eyelids
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty swallowing with an increased risk of gagging and choking
  • A change in the quality of one’s voice
  • Increasing weakness of a particular muscle group during continuous use of those muscles and improved strength of muscles after resting those muscle groups
  • Weak cough
  • Difficulty breathing, leading to respiratory failure (myasthenic crisis)

Myasthenia Gravis Treatment

An effective treatment option for many auto-immune diseases is the SVF deployment protocol. At Scottsdale Stem Cell Treatment Center, we utilize the deployment protocol to mitigate the symptoms of myasthenia gravis. The SVF deployment protocol can be carried out as an outpatient treatment for both the harvesting and procurement stages of the process. Most patients will require multiple doses, each of which takes around three hours in the center.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of myasthenia gravis, please contact us at Scottsdale Stem Cell to find out whether STV or another form of stem cell treatment is right for you and your unique condition.

Written by Scottsdale Stem Cell Center