Myasthenia in a patient with sarcoidosis and schizophrenia.

Csilla Rózsa, Gábor Kis, Sámuel Komoly, Viktória Anselmo, Olga Esik, István Láng, József Kas, György Németh, Diana Solymosi, Egon Svasztics, Zoltán Szentirmay, Albert Szobor, András Telekes

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Abstract

A 44-year-old male patient was hospitalised with paranoid schizophrenia in 1985. Depot neuroleptic treatment was started which successfully prevented further psychotic relapses for the next ten years. His myasthenia gravis started with bulbar signs in 1997 and the symptoms soon became generalized. The diagnosis of myasthenia gravis was confirmed by electromyography, by positive anticholinesterase test and by the detection of anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies in the serum. Mediastinal CT examination showed enlarged hilar lymph nodes on the left but no thymic pathology was observed. Mediastinoscopy was performed and biopsies were obtained from the affected nodes. Histology revealed sarcoidosis. The patient suffered respiratory crisis following the thoracic intervention (in September 1998). Combined oral corticosteroid (64 mg methylprednisolone/e.o.d.) and azathioprine (150 mg/day) treatment regimen was initiated and complete remission took place in both the myasthenic symptoms and the sarcoidosis. The follow-up CT scans showed no mediastinal pathology (January 2000). During steroid treatment a transient psychotic relapse occurred which was successfully managed by supplemental haloperidol medication added to his regular depot neuroleptics. The patient currently takes 150 mg/day azathioprine and receives 40 mg/month flupentixol depot i.m. His physical and mental status are stable and he has been completely symptom free in the last 24 months. The association of myasthenia gravis and sarcoidosis is very rare. To our best knowledge no case has been reported of a patient suffering from myasthenia gravis, sarcoidosis, and schizophrenia at the same time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-244
Number of pages3
JournalIdeggyógyászati szemle
Volume57
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - júl. 20 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Rózsa, C., Kis, G., Komoly, S., Anselmo, V., Esik, O., Láng, I., Kas, J., Németh, G., Solymosi, D., Svasztics, E., Szentirmay, Z., Szobor, A., & Telekes, A. (2004). Myasthenia in a patient with sarcoidosis and schizophrenia. Ideggyógyászati szemle, 57(7-8), 242-244.