Autoimmune myasthenia gravis after coronary artery bypass surgery

Resatoglu A., Tok M., Yemisci M. , Yener N., Yener A.

ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY, cilt.81, sa.2, ss.725-726, 2006 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 81 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2006
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2004.10.027
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.725-726


Myasthenia gravis is the most common disorder of neuromuscular transmission and is a heterogeneous disorder that is generally autoimmune, which is caused by an auto-antibody to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. We present a rare case of myasthenia gravis that occurred 8 weeks after a coronary artery bypass grafting operation. A 64-year-old man with multivessel coronary artery disease underwent myocardial revascularization. Severe myasthenic symptoms began 8 weeks after the operation and emergent mechanical ventilation was needed because of myasthenic crises. The serum anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody level was high. The details of this unusual patient are discussed.