Surgery an Effective Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis, Wolfe Finds

Updated August 15, 2016

Research led by Gil Wolfe, MD, professor and Irvin and Rosemary Smith Chair of neurology, shows that removing the thymus gland is an effective treatment for the autoimmune disorder myasthenia gravis.

Patients treated with thymectomy were less affected by symptoms than those treated with prednisone alone, required less prednisone and other immune-suppressing medications, and had fewer hospitalizations due to flare-ups.