Myasthenic Crisis in the Setting of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
A patient with Myasthenia Gravis (MG) on immunosuppressive therapy with underlying respiratory compromise may be more susceptible to infection with COVID-19 or severe manifestations of the virus.
It is theorized that patients with MG may be more vulnerable to bacterial and viral infections, due to respiratory muscle weakness and use of immunosuppressive medications.
It is critical for practitioners to be prepared for severe respiratory compromise in patients with MG and concomitant COVID-19 superinfection.
- In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, MG patients should be encouraged to continue their current treatment regimens, but engage in extra vigilant social distancing.
Salik, I., Rodhouse, H. B., & Barst, S. (2020). Myasthenic Crisis in the Setting of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 67, 110001-110001. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinane.2020.110001