Eosinophilia, myositis, and myasthenia gravis associated with a thymoma

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Abstract

Hypereosinophilia has been associated with a wide variety of systemic disorders, including myositis. Myositis develops in a minority of patients with myasthenia gravis associated with a thymoma. We present a patient who developed a life-threatening myopathy in which testing demonstrated the concurrence of hypereosinophilia, myositis, and myasthenia gravis associated with thymoma. Thymoma-associated T-cell abnormalities may well have contributed to this rare association. This case underscores the need to reevaluate constantly the presumed cause of clinical complaints, as more than one cause may be present. Muscle Nerve, 2006

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