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September 1979

Plasmapheresis and the Immunobiology of Myasthenia Gravis

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA 52242

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(9):600. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500450094030

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Abstract

Advances in the elucidation of the etiopathogenesis of myasthenia gravis have come rapidly in the past half decade. The advent of therapeutic plasmapheresis stands out as a practical, clinical outgrowth of this enhanced understanding of the immunobiology of myasthenia. This new therapeutic modality and the immunologic studies leading to its inception have captured the fancy of both clinicians and investigators, so it is appropriate that knowledge of the state of the art be made available to as wide an audience as possible. That task has been effectively accomplished in this volume, which contains a series of papers presented at an international symposium on plasmapharesis and the immunobiology of myasthenia held in San Francisco, June 1978.

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