Is rapid remission following thymectomy a positive prognostic factor in ocular myasthenia gravis?

Takeaway

  • Remission of myasthenia gravis (MG) status within one month of thymectomy for ocular myasthenia gravis (oMG) is predictive of good long-term neurological outcome, which is likely due to peripheral autoimmune status.

Why this matters

  • Past studies have shown that results approximately 2 years after thymectomy for MG are consistent with long-term neurological outcomes (up to 15 years), but it was previously unknown if rapid remission of MG (<1 month after surgery) would similarly indicate a higher likelihood of achieving long-term remission.

  • This report suggests that rapid postoperative remission can be considered an indicator of satisfactory treatment outcome.