An occasional diagnosis of myasthenia gravis - A focus on thymus during cardiac surgery: A case report

Marco Agrifoglio, Fabio Barili, Luca Dainese, Antioco Cappai, Faisal H. Cheema, Paolo Biglioli

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Abstract

Background: Myasthenia gravis, an uncommon autoimmune syndrome, is commonly associated with thymus abnormalities. Thymomatous myasthenia gravis is considered to have worst prognosis and thymectomy can reverse symptoms if precociously performed. Case report: We describe a case of a patient who underwent mitral valve repair and was found to have an occasional thymomatous mass during the surgery. A total thymectomy was performed concomitantly to the mitral valve repair. Conclusion: The diagnosis of thymomatous myasthenia gravis was confirmed postoperatively. Following the surgery this patient was strictly monitored and at 1-year follow-up a complete stable remission had been successfully achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1749
Pages (from-to)55
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 7 2009

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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