Myasthenia Gravis

Chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with myasthenia gravis Alcantara J, Plaugher G, Araghi, HJ J Manipulative Physiol Ther Vol 26 No. 6 July/August 2003.

This is the case of a 2-year-old girl diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. Her symptoms were ptosis (dropped eyelid) and generalized muscle weakness (lethargy) in the lower extremities. Subluxation complexes were located and adjusted in the upper cervical and sacral areas. After five months of chiropractic care her symptoms completely disappeared.

Juvenile Myasthenia Gravis: a case study in chiropractic management. Araghi HJ. Proceedings of the International Conference on Pediatrics and Chiropractic, 1993:122-131. From the abstract:

A two-year-old female was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis from clinical and laboratory tests performed by a neurologist and pediatric ophthalmologist. Symptoms began eight days after an automobile accident and a month later child was diagnosed with the condition. Symptoms included lethargy, weakness of the lower extremities, ptosis (drooping) of the right eye-lid, bilateral toe-in of both feet and moderate left head tilt. Parents were told nothing could be done for their child. Symptoms continued to worsen. By the time the child was brought to the chiropractor she was barely able to sit upright and had to be held up by one of the parents for most of the examination.

Specific chiropractic spinal adjustments were performed. The mother noticed slight improvement after the first adjustment. At the time of the writing of this report (5 months later), the child’s eyes are functioning normally and she is able to run for prolonged periods without fatigue. The case history suggests that this was not a spontaneous remission but was due to the physiological response to the chiropractic adjustment.

Chiropractic management of a patient with myasthenia gravis and vertebral subluxations. Alacantara J, Steiner DM, Plaugher P, Alacantara J. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1999; 22:333-340.

This is the study of a 63 year-old man suffering from symptoms associated with myasthenia gravis and signs of vertebral subluxation.

The initial complaint was dysphagia, swelling of the tongue, nausea, digestive problems, weakness in the eye muscles, difficulty breathing, myopia, diplopia and headaches. In addition, the patient had balance and coordination problems and resultant walking difficulties.

Results of chiropractic care: Subluxations were adjusted and “myasthenia gravis is no longer debilitating to the patient; he is medication free and has assumed a ‘normal life’”.

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