Myasthenia gravis and the thymus gland. A historical review

Marius Raica, Anca Maria Cimpean, Domenico Ribatti

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The first report of an association between myasthenia gravis (MG) and the thymus gland was in 1901. Although the underlying mechanisms are uncertain, thymic abnormalities are clearly associated with MG. This review article summarises, from a historical point of view, our knowledge of these associations, and the surgical and medical treatment of MG, including symptom management, immunosuppression, intravenous immunoglobulin and plasmapheresis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-64
Number of pages4
JournalClinical and Experimental Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • History of medicine
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Thymus gland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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