Successful treatment of a 2-year-old girl with intractable myasthenia gravis using tacrolimus

Yosuke Kakisaka, Kazuhiro Haginoya, Hiroyuki Yokoyama, Mamiko Ishitobi, Keisuke Wakusawa, Ikuko Sato, Noriko Togashi, Taro Kitamura, Naomi Fukuyo, Yasushi Yoshihara, Kazuie Iinuma

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Abstract

We used tacrolimus to successfully treat a patient with childhood-onset oropharyngeal myasthenia gravis (MG). A girl (2 years, 5 months old) with oropharyngeal MG responded partially to treatment including pyridostigmine bromide, intravenous immunoglobulin, and prednisolone (2 mg/kg/day) for 7 weeks, but this resulted in worsening of her eye symptoms. By contrast, tacrolimus at 2 mg/day resulted in complete remission of the MG, which made it possible to reduce the dose of prednisolone. This is a rare report of the use of tacrolimus as an effective treatment for patients with intractable childhood-onset MG.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-536
Number of pages3
JournalBrain and Development
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sep

Keywords

  • Childhood
  • Immunosuppressant
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Tacrolimus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology

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