Subject: Child Neurology

Series: Clinics in Developmental Medicine

Publication date: 18/11/2019

ISBN: 9781911612292

Edition: 1st

Pages: 144

Myasthenia in Children

Sandeep Jayawant (Editor)

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Myasthenia is a rare, but underdiagnosed and sometimes life-threatening disorder in children. There are no guidelines for diagnosing and managing these children, especially those with congenital myasthenia, a more recently recognised genetic condition, but there have been significant developments in identification and treatment of myasthenia in recent years. This book will help clinicians and families of children with this rare condition direct management effectively.

Myasthenia in Children describes the various genotypes and phenotypes of congenital myasthenic syndromes, their clinical features and management. Autoimmune myasthenia gravis and newly recognised myopathies with neuromuscular transmission defects are also covered. The book includes a client perspective and is full of practical tips from carers, service users and therapists with a broad multi-disciplinary treatment approach. This book will guide future holistic management of this rare but life changing condition for some children and their families.

  • Only book dedicated to this rare condition in children
  • Includes the latest developments on congenital myasthenia, a newly recognised condition
  • Uses a holistic, multi-disciplinary therapeutic approach to achieve best outcomes for children with this condition
  • Features the very latest treatment approaches
  • Includes practical management information for families and young persons with this condition, with one chapter written by the family of a child with myasthenia

Paediatricians, Paediatric neurologists, and allied health professionals, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and specialist nurses.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine

Sandeep Jayawant
Sandeep Jayawant

Sandeep Jayawant is a consultant in Paediatric Neurology and has had an interest in neuromuscular disorders for 16 years. Neuromuscular Fellowship from Hammersmith hospital, London. Paediatric Lead for National Congenital Myasthenia Service at Oxford for 15 years with experience in diagnosis and management of children with congenital and autoimmune myasthenia for over 15 years. Oxford has achieved the honour of being recognised as a European Neuromuscular Centre of Excellence and in 2018, Dr Jayawant was nominated as Oxford University Hospitals Trust’s Doctor of the Year.

1 The Neuromuscular Junction
Professor David Beeson and Dr Manon Lee
2 Neurophysiology of Neuromuscular Transmission and its Defects in Children
Dr Matthew Pitt
3 Disorders of Neuromuscular Transmission: An Overview
Dr Nancy L Kuntz and Dr Vamshi K Rao
4 Myopathies with neuromuscular transmission defects
Dr Nancy L Kuntz
5 Epidemiology of Myasthenia in Childhood
Dr Sandeep Jayawant and Dr Morag Andrew
6 Autoimmune Myasthenia in Children
Professor Heinz Jungbluth and Dr Sithara Ramdas
7 Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes
Dr Sandeep Jayawant, Dr Stephanie Robb and Professor David Beeson
8 Treatment of Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes
Dr Stephanie Robb and Dr Jackie Palace
9 Respiratory Management in Childhood Myasthenia
Dr Andrew Ives
10 Therapy and Exercise in Myasthenia
Ms Hayley Ramjattan
11 ‘Living well’ with Congenital Myasthenia: Child and Family Perspectives
Dr Gordon Webster, Kerry Webster, James Webster and Adam Webster
12 Transition of Care in myasthenia
Dr Sithara Ramdas and Dr David Hilton-Jones

'This is a unique and original book written about a very subspecialized topic: the diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment of congenital myasthenic syndromes and autoimmune myasthenia gravis in children. This is a great summary of the current knowledge of myasthenia in children, and the author successfully put together a path for guidelines in the care of these pediatric patients. Author Dr. Sandeep Jayawant is a world known expert from the UK, affiliated with the Oxford Congenital Myasthenia Service and British Paediatric Neurology Association.'

Eduardo De Sousa, Mercy NeuroScience Institute, 2020

'The book ends with an account of the experience of four members of a family with a form of congenital myasthenia. Much wisdom and practical advice is distilled in this chapter, which repays careful reflection for the clinician. This book needs to be readily available for anyone in contact with children with one of these conditions – for they are necessarily scattered.' Richard Robinson, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2020

Richard Robinson, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2020

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