Myasthenia gravis

The thymus gland sits in the chest behind the breastbone. Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes muscle weakness and degeneration. About 15 percent of people with this condition have a tumor in their thymus gland. Symptoms of myasthenia gravis include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Double vision
  • Muscle weakness

If a tumor is present, or if a patient does not respond to medication, a thymectomy may be recommended. In this surgery, the thymus is removed. This operation can sometimes be performed as a minimally-invasive procedure.

Location Information

To find a thoracic surgeon at MedStar Franklin Square, please call 410-686-5887.

Primary Location

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

Additional Locations

The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases
9103 Franklin Square Dr.
Suite 1700
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

Thoracic Surgeons