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Academic and Employment Status in Patients With Generalized Myasthenia Gravis Treated With Eculizumab: A Case Series

Authors
  • Kang, Seung Ah
  • Sweeney, Megan
  • Govindarajan, Raghav
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
Publisher
Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
Publication Date
May 24, 2022
Volume
23
Issue
4
Pages
210–218
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/CND.0000000000000391
PMID: 35608645
PMCID: PMC9126260
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Short Report
License
Unknown

Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the impact of treatment with eculizumab, a terminal complement inhibitor, on academic and employment status in patients with refractory generalized myasthenia gravis (MG). Methods: Case review of 7 US patients. Results: Six patients were aged ≤65 years; one was a full-time student and the remainder were in employment before MG diagnosis. After diagnosis, all patients gave up work (n = 3) or reduced their study/working hours (n = 4). In the 12 months after eculizumab initiation, patients who had stopped work resumed working in some capacity, whereas those who had changed their work/study hours returned to their original work/study pattern. Patients also experienced a reduction in the number of MG exacerbations, and a clinically significant improvement in MG–Activities of Daily Living scores, and were able to reduce other MG medications. Conclusions: These results suggest that treatment with eculizumab may help maintain education/employment activity in patients with refractory generalized MG.

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