The clinical absolute and relative scoring system-a quantitative scale measuring myasthenia gravis severity and outcome used in the traditional Chinese medicine.

Authors:
Guo-Chao Liu
Guo-Chao Liu
State Key Laboratory of Silkworm Genome Biology
Hong-Qi Yang
Hong-Qi Yang
Henan Provincial People's Hospital
Guo-Yan Qi
Guo-Yan Qi
Shijiazhuang First Hospital and Hebei Provincial Hospital of Myasthenia Gravis
China
Peng Liu
Peng Liu
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh | United States

Complement Ther Med 2014 Oct 18;22(5):877-86. Epub 2014 Aug 18.

Shijiazhuang First Hospital, Hebei Medical University, China.

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a chronic autoimmune disease caused by autoantigen against the nicotine acetylcholine receptor at the neuromuscular junction. With modern treatment facilities, the treatment effect and outcome for MG has been greatly improved with MG and non-MG patients enjoying the same life expectancy. Many classifications of disease distribution and severity have been set up and tested all over the world, mainly in the western world. However, the absolute and relative scoring system for evaluating the severity and treatment effect of MG in China where traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practiced for thousands of years has not been introduced worldwide. The TCM has achieved a great success in the treatment of MG in the country with a huge population. This article serves to introduce this scoring system to the world.

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