Monday, September 9, 2013

Pediatric Myasthenia: What Do We Know About This Disorder?

While pediatric myasthenia is not common, it can and does occur, but not with the regularity that results in substantive studies summarizing diagnostic and management information about this disorder. Too often, the patient numbers in the studies that have been published are small ones.

Fortunately, VanderPluym et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-0814) have collected 57 confirmed cases of myasthenia in two years of surveillance using a Canadian database and share their presentation as well as a lot of descriptive data on how their diagnosis was confirmed and treated in what they claim is the largest series of pediatric myasthenia patients studied in North America.

If you need to refresh your knowledge of this disorder, or simply compare your management of a patient or patients with myasthenia with those of patients followed across Canada, then read this eye-opening study and learn more.