Dentistry and the myasthenia gravis patient: a review of the current state of the art

Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2012 Jul;114(1):e1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.tripleo.2011.08.023. Epub 2012 Feb 17.


Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a chronic neuromuscular disease characterized by muscular weakness and fatigability. Dental management of patients diagnosed with MG presents a challenge to the oral health care provider. The purpose of this article was to review the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and clinical signs and symptoms associated with MG, highlighting the role of the oral health care provider in the process of diagnosis and management of the oral and dental complications that might be associated with the disease, while avoiding myasthenic crisis. A discussion of the recent approaches to treatment of the disease and current research on MG is presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dental Care for Chronically Ill*
  • Humans
  • Myasthenia Gravis / complications*
  • Myasthenia Gravis / diagnosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis / epidemiology
  • Myasthenia Gravis / therapy
  • Prognosis