Dysphagia and dysarthria: unusual presentation of Myasthenia Gravis.


  • Sara Ferreira Serviços de Gastrenterologia e de Neurologia, Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa, Serviço de Neurologia, Hospital de São José, Lisboa.
  • Pedro Lage
  • Isabel Claro
  • João Alcântara
  • João Nunes
  • C Nobre Leitão




Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder that generally presents with ocular symptoms, specially diplopia and ptosis. Dysphagia may be a manifestation of the generalised type of the disease, but rarely is its presenting feature. The authors describe a case of Myasthenia Gravis in an old patient complaining of dysphagia and dysarthria. Because Myasthenia Gravis is a potentially serious but treatable disease, we emphasize the need to consider it in the differential diagnosis of dysphagia, namely in the elderly. In fact, the disorder is probably underdiagnosed in this population group, because clinicians tend to accept other more frequent diagnosis to explain these symptoms.


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Ferreira S, Lage P, Claro I, Alcântara J, Nunes J, Nobre Leitão C. Dysphagia and dysarthria: unusual presentation of Myasthenia Gravis. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2008 Jan. 24 [cited 2023 Jun. 10];20(5):463-6. Available from: https://www.actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/876



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