Thymectomy in Myasthenia Gravis: Pre- and Postoperative Treatment

  • R. W. C. Janzen
  • E. Farthmann
  • M. Doehn
  • L. Lachenmayer
Part of the Anaesthesiologie und Intensivmedizin / Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine book series (A+I, volume 132)


Thymectomy in mayasthenia gravis patients is based on clinical experiences first published by Blalock in 1939 [2]. In early years thymectomy was the only manipulation to influence the defect of the immune system. A positive effect of thymectomy on myasthenic symptoms is reported by several authors since that time [1, 3, 8, 9, 14]. Thus, thymectomy became a standard method in myasthenia treatment next to symptomatic choline-esterase-inhibitor medication. The indication for early thymectomy was extended by Genkins et al. in 1975 to cases with isolated ocular myasthenic symptoms [4].


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  • R. W. C. Janzen
  • E. Farthmann
  • M. Doehn
  • L. Lachenmayer

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