Dear Dr. Donohue: What can you tell us about myasthenia? Our niece told us recently that she has it. We are crushed. We feel extra close to this young woman, having raised her since her childhood, when her parents were killed in a terrible accident. She is 22 and in college now.
First of all, I want you to write the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, 53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60604. The people there can answer your questions and suggest how you can help your niece.
Myasthenia gravis affects the body's neuromuscular receptors. The cause is a misdirected attack on those structures by the body's normally protective immune system.
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