Employment in refractory myasthenia gravis: A Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America Registry analysis

Academic Article


  • Introduction: Labor-market participation is potentially very difficult for patients with refractory myasthenia gravis (MG). In this study, employment status and work absences are compared between refractory and nonrefractory MG. Methods: Adults (aged 18–64 years, all diagnosed ≥2 years previously) were included if enrolled in the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America Patient Registry during July 2013 to February 2018. Results: Seventy-six patients (9.2%) had refractory and 749 (90.8%) had nonrefractory disease; demographic data did not differ between groups. Relative to the nonrefractory group, the refractory group patients were more than twice as likely to work fewer hours per week (odds ratio [95% confidence interval]: currently employed, 2.777 [1.640–4.704]; employed over previous 6 months, 2.643 [1.595–4.380]), but those employed were not more likely to be absent from work. Discussion: Because absence from the labor market adversely affects quality of life and personal finances, these findings reaffirm the considerable disease burden associated with refractory MG.
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  • Muscle and Nerve  Journal
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    Author List

  • Harris L; Aban IB; Xin H; Cutter G
  • Start Page

  • 700
  • End Page

  • 706
  • Volume

  • 60
  • Issue

  • 6