Myasthenia gravis

The problem of a 'psychiatric' misdiagnosis

G. A. Nicholson, J. Wilby, C. Tennant

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Abstract

Patients with myasthenia gravis are commonly misdiagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder; this leads to considerable delay in reaching the correct diagnosis and in instituting appropriate and effective treatment. Patients who are most at risk are those with somatic presentations (limb weakness, fatigue) in contrast to ocular or bulbar presentations. Similarly, those who manifest anger or anxiety traits are more likely to be misdiagnosed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-638
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume144
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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