Cancer is the leading cause of death in Swedish people with myasthenia gravis

Takeaway

  • Despite recent advances in immunosuppressive treatment, myasthenia gravis itself remains the third leading cause of death in Swedish people afflicted by this condition.

Why this matters

    These findings reveal that, despite novel immunosuppressive medications, a substantial proportion of people in Sweden still die as a direct result of myasthenia gravis. Since influenza and pneumonia were over-represented as cause of death, specific vaccination programs for people with myasthenia gravis should be considered.