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VOLUME 26 , ISSUE 6 ( June, 2022 ) > List of Articles


Myasthenia Gravis: An Unanticipated Cause of Failure to Wean in a Postpartum Patient with Preexisting Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Abhiruchi Y Patki, Padmaja Durga, Alekhya Gangishetty, Tejasri Ketireddy, Naqiya Noorain

Keywords : Autoimmune diseases, Myasthenia, Weaning from mechanical ventilation

Citation Information : Patki AY, Durga P, Gangishetty A, Ketireddy T, Noorain N. Myasthenia Gravis: An Unanticipated Cause of Failure to Wean in a Postpartum Patient with Preexisting Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Indian J Crit Care Med 2022; 26 (6):731-732.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24228

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 20-06-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Sudden onset and de novo Myasthenia gravis (MG) in the presence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a rare postpartum phenomenon and can easily misguide the treating physician. A known case of SLE, 4 days after an elective cesarean section, presented to the intensive care unit for weaning-off mechanical ventilation after being put on ventilatory support in the emergency room, following acute-onset partial seizures. She was subsequently diagnosed to have new-onset MG, treated for the condition and later successfully extubated.

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