Case of the Month #18 - myasthenic crisis

Published 01/02/2022

Key Take Home Messages

  • Myasthenia gravis is characterized by fatigable muscle weakness.
  • Patients with bulbar symptoms need close monitoring with regular vital capacity measurements.
  • Do not undertake a tensilon test lightly, this is generally reserved for neurologists with a special interest in myasthenia when there is diagnostic uncertainty. It can cause life-threatening complications.
  • Myasthenic crisis requires urgent recognition and management with high-dose steroids and intravenous immunoglobulin or plasma exchange.