Comparing the effectiveness of 2 alternative treatment regimens ( immunoglobulin vs. plasmaphresis) in preventing the respiratory muscle weakness following thymectomy in myasthenia gravis patients

authors:

avatar AA Aarvin 1 , *

Iran

how to cite: Aarvin A. Comparing the effectiveness of 2 alternative treatment regimens ( immunoglobulin vs. plasmaphresis) in preventing the respiratory muscle weakness following thymectomy in myasthenia gravis patients. J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2002;6(2):e81005.

Abstract

Introduction and Objective: We compared the effectiveness of 2 alternative treatment regimens (immunoglobulin vs. plasmaphresis) in preventing  the respiratory muscle weakness following thymectomy  in myasthenia gravis patients.
Materials and Methods:  Of 24  patients (14 from Kermanshah and 10 from Tehran centers),   50% who  received immunoglobulin intravenously and 30% who received plasmaphresis were male.  
Results: There was no difference in effectiveness between the 2 groups.
Discussion: Because of low cost, and better patient acceptance, we recommend immunoglobulin.

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