Sunday December 11, 2005
Ice test - Poor man's test for Myasthenia Gravis
Most of the Myasthenia patients along with other symptoms of weakness usually exhibits ptosis. While at bedside place an ice cube over eye lids for 2 minutes. Cooling improves neuromuscular transmission. Resolution of ptosis with cooling is a positive test for Myasthenia Gravis and reported upto 80% reliable to diagnose ocular myasthenia.
Related: Click here to read good review article on Myasthenia Gravis from Dr. Milind J. Kothari. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Vol 104 • No 9 • Sept. 2004 • 377-384