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International consensus guidance for management of myasthenia gravis: Executive summary

Donald B Sanders, Gil I Wolfe, Michael Benatar, Amelia Evoli, Nils E Gilhus, Isabel Illa, Nancy Kuntz, Janice M Massey, Arthur Melms, Hiroyuki Murai, Michael Nicolle, Jacqueline Palace, David P Richman, Jan Verschuuren, Pushpa Narayanaswami
Neurology 2016 July 26, 87 (4): 419-25
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OBJECTIVE: To develop formal consensus-based guidance for the management of myasthenia gravis (MG).

METHODS: In October 2013, the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America appointed a Task Force to develop treatment guidance for MG, and a panel of 15 international experts was convened. The RAND/UCLA appropriateness methodology was used to develop consensus guidance statements. Definitions were developed for goals of treatment, minimal manifestations, remission, ocular MG, impending crisis, crisis, and refractory MG. An in-person panel meeting then determined 7 treatment topics to be addressed. Initial guidance statements were developed from literature summaries. Three rounds of anonymous e-mail votes were used to attain consensus on guidance statements modified on the basis of panel input.

RESULTS: Guidance statements were developed for symptomatic and immunosuppressive treatments, IV immunoglobulin and plasma exchange, management of impending and manifest myasthenic crisis, thymectomy, juvenile MG, MG associated with antibodies to muscle-specific tyrosine kinase, and MG in pregnancy.

CONCLUSION: This is an international formal consensus of MG experts intended to be a guide for clinicians caring for patients with MG worldwide.

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