Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder that prevents proper communication between nerves and muscles. This can lead to weakness of muscles controlling the eyes, tongue, throat and limbs. Although most patients can be diagnosed by means of a blood test showing an abnormal antibody, a significant percentage of cases will require additional testing. One specialized test for myasthenia gravis is single fiber EMG. Dr. Saperstein is one of only a handful of neurologists in Arizona who performs this complicated test.
Patients with myasthenia gravis can usually be helped by treatments that affect how the immune system functions, such as prednisone, azathioprine, mycophenolate, methotrexate, cyclophosphamide, IVIG, plasmapheresis and rituximab. A recently approved medication called Soliris can be very beneficial for treating myasthenia gravis. Dr. Saperstein has significant experience in using Soliris and other treatments for managing myasthenia gravis. You will benefit from his over 20 years of experience diagnosing, treating and researching myasthenia gravis.