Satisfactory Response With Achieving Maintenance Low-Dose Prednisone in Generalized Myasthenia Gravis 7/3/2019
Dr. Elie Naddaf interviews Dr. Mazen Dimachkie on his article, Satisfactory Response With Achieving Maintenance Low-Dose Prednisone in Generalized Myasthenia Gravis. To estimate the satisfactory response rate (SR%) with achieving maintenance, low-dose prednisone in acetylcholine receptor antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis. In this retrospective study, we estimate the SR% as defined by (remission/minimal manifestations status for at least 6 months using 7.5 mg or less of prednisone daily, for maintenance treatment at 2, 4, and 6 years after symptoms onset) for patients who were not taking steroid-sparing immunosuppressant (SSI) as a primary outcome and for patients taking an SSI as a secondary outcome. Forty-five patients were not taking an SSI at 2 years, 34 patients at 4 years, and 17 patients at 6 years; SR% was 44.4%, 64.7%, and 58.8%, respectively. Thirty-six patients were taking an SSI at 2 years, 22 patients at 4 years, and 15 patients at 6 years; the SR% was 50.0%, 45.4%, and 66.7%, respectively. Nearly half of the generalized myasthenia gravis patients who were not taking an SSI achieved an SR.