Research: Myasthenia Gravis in a Pediatric Patient

human-skeleton-163715_1280Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient With Myasthenia Gravis

In December I summarized the case of a man in his 60’s suffering from myasthenia gravis.  This article focuses on the care of a 2 year old female.


Prior to chiropractic care, the 2 year old girls diagnosis of myastenia gravis was made by her pediatrician and confirmed by her medical neurologist.  6 months before starting chiropractic care the child(along with her mother) were involved in a car accident.  Approximately 1 month after the accident the girl was given the diagnosis of myastemia gravis.  Over the next 5 months the girls symptoms worsened.

A friend recommended chiropractic care as a “last resort”. During the chiropractic examination of the child the following abnormal results were found: forward head posture with head tilt, asymmetry of temperature along side the spine, edema at similar levels as asymmetry, hypertonic muscles, and fixation of articulations in the spine.  Xrays were taken, ruling out fractures, dislocations or soft tissue pathology.  Her cervial spine had a reduced curve and there was a disruption to the line of the upper sacrum.  Fusion of the sacral vertebrae begins at puberty and takes years to complete.

The girl was checked 2 or 3 times a week for the first 3 months of care and adjusted, if needed in the upper cervical(neck spine) or sacral area.  Within 4 weeksm the mother stated that the child’s eyes would open after an adjustment and stay open for 6-8 hours. As the child fatigued, the weak eye could then close.  Reoccurring ear infections had also stopped.  The next 3 months of care the girl was checked 2-4 times a month and continued to improve after each adjustment.  After 5 months of care the child was nearly at 100%.  The child could run for prolonged periods of time and hold her head upright.  Additionally her speech returned to “normal” as reported by her parents.

There is a case of a 17 year old male with a history of spinal trauma prior to being diagnosed with myastemia gravis.  The girl in the study discussed above had spinal trauma via a car accident prior to being diagnosed with anti-body-negative generalized myastemia gravis.  More research would need to be done to see if there is a link between onset of symptoms and spinal trauma.


Each week I’m going to share a new research journal article regarding chiropractic.  Many of these are case studies with benefits most people would not typically associate with chiropractic.  If you want to read the full text, feel free to swing by the office.

Information provided is for education and information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.  Consult a chiropractor or other healthcare provider regarding any opinion or recommendation with respect to your condition or symptoms.  Case studies are not designed to recommend a treatment for a condition but to state what has happened with a patient while under chiropractic care.

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