The Association of British Neurologists' myasthenia gravis guidelines.
Sussman J., Farrugia ME., Maddison P., Hill M., Leite MI., Hilton-Jones D.
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease of the neuromuscular junction for which many therapies were developed before the era of evidence-based medicine. Despite the basic principles of treatment being well known, patients continue to receive suboptimal treatment. A myasthenia gravis guidelines group was therefore established under the aegis of the Association of British Neurologists. These guidelines attempt to steer a path between evidence-based practice where available and established best practice where evidence is unavailable. It is not possible to consider all the potential decisions in managing MG without resorting to opinion rather than evidence. Where there is insufficient evidence or a choice of options, the guidelines invite the clinician to seek the opinion of a myasthenia expert. The guidelines support clinicians in using the right treatments in the right order and in optimizing the use of well-known therapeutic agents. Clinical practice can be audited against these guidelines.