Volume 57, Issue 4 (9 1999)                   Tehran Univ Med J 1999, 57(4): 53-56 | Back to browse issues page

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Rabbani A, Qaffarpoor M. Prospective evaluation of thymectomy in Myastenia Gravis. Tehran Univ Med J. 1999; 57 (4) :53-56
URL: http://tumj.tums.ac.ir/article-1-1442-en.html
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This is a prospective descriptive research which was carried out in surgery ward 1 of Imam Khomeini Hospital during 6 years (1992-1998). In order to study the results of thymectomy in Myasthenia gravis we evaluated 18 thymectomies via median sternotomy which was performed in the course of six years. In this research the thymectomy was associated with 16.6% morbidity but no mortality. Follow up evaluation after a mean period of 38 months (Min.5-max. 72 months) revealed a remission rate in 44.4%, clinical improvement in 38.8% and relapsing rate in about 16.6% after thymectomy 55.5% of patients required medical treatment which 70% of them needed only one drug, with lower dose than before thymectomy.
Keywords: Remission
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