What is included in prehospital care for myasthenia gravis?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: William D Goldenberg, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Field personnel should recognize generalized muscle weakness of any etiology as a potential cause of respiratory failure. Patients with generalized weakness require transport to the hospital, and provisions for active airway intervention should be made en route.

Patients in frank respiratory arrest should be intubated and ventilated prior to transport, if possible. Suctioning of pulmonary secretions may be required to adequately ventilate the patient. Supplemental oxygen is indicated in all cases, and intravenous access is desirable prior to initiating transport.


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