August 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

Just checking- Apparently the forum won’t put url’s around a link if it’s in the title. hmmmmm.

Regarding diagnosis of MG (Myasthenia-Gravis) this Mayo clinic website states-

“[I]…Blood analysis. A blood test checks for the abnormal antibodies in myasthenia gravis that may be blocking your muscle receptors from nerve signals.

Edrophonium test. Your doctor injects a chemical (edrophonium) into your bloodstream. Sudden but temporary improvement of muscle strength can indicate myasthenia gravis….[/I]”

A person could consider CIDP & MG interlinked if you only consider this, for example,

“…Plasmapheresis and intravenous immune globulin therapy. If you have a severe case that includes arm or leg weakness, or difficulty talking, eating or breathing, your doctor may recommend plasmapheresis or intravenous immune globulin therapy….”

However, as pointed out above, it would appear any significant Diagnostic similarities end there.

For more on the testing, the NIH says this, including a description of how nerve testing is used to diagnose the condition-

“[I]…A special blood test can detect the presence of immune molecules or acetylcholine receptor antibodies. Most patients with myasthenia gravis have abnormally elevated levels of these antibodies. Recently, a second antibody—called the anti-MuSK antibody—has been found in about 30 to 40 percent of individuals with myasthenia gravis who do not have acetylcholine receptor antibodies. This antibody can also be tested for in the blood. However, neither of these antibodies is present in some individuals with myasthenia gravis, most often in those with ocular myasthenia gravis.

The edrophonium test uses intravenous administration of edrophonium chloride to very briefly relieve weakness in people with myasthenia gravis. The drug blocks the degradation (breakdown) of acetylcholine and temporarily increases the levels of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction.

[COLOR=”Green”]Other methods to confirm the diagnosis include a version of nerve conduction study which tests for specific muscle “fatigue” by repetitive nerve stimulation. This test records weakening muscle responses when the nerves are repetitively stimulated by small pulses of electricity. Repetitive stimulation of a nerve during a nerve conduction study may demonstrate gradual decreases of the muscle action potential due to impaired nerve-to-muscle transmission….[/COLOR][/I]”