Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and myasthenia gravis: An unusual association

Chogtu, Bharti and Daliparty, Vasudev Malik and Magazine, Rahul (2016) Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and myasthenia gravis: An unusual association. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 10 (4). OD06-OD07. ISSN 0973-709X

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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic fibrosing lung condition with high morbidity and mortality, accounting for about 25% of the cases of interstitial lung diseases. It usually has a progressive course resulting in death due to respiratory failure. Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease, caused by antibody mediated activity against acetylcholine receptor at the neuromuscular junction. It is characterized by fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue. Extensive literature search did not reveal any case report of an association between these two conditions. Here we present a case of a patient with IPF who also developed MG. The diagnosis of IPF was based on High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) of the lung and that of MG was based on clinical criteria and electrophysiological testing. The case was successfully managed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interstitial pneumonia; N-acetyl cysteine; repetitive nerve stimulation.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Pharmacology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Pulmonary Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 09:08
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 09:08

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