Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome: A Review

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Abstract

Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is an auto-immune disorder caused by neuromuscular transmission failure, and is a representative pre-neuromuscular junctional disorder. The auto-immune antibody is anti-P/Q-type voltage-gated calcium channel (P/Q-type VGCC) antibody detected in approximately 80 to 90% of LEMS patients. Approximately 60% of LEMS patients have small cell lung cancer (SCLC), approximately 10% of patients have other malignant tumors, and the remaining 30% have no malignancy. Thus, the therapeutic strategy for LEMS depends on the presence of a malignant tumor. LEMS with a malignant tumor is also considered to be a representative paraneoplastic neurological syndrome. Recently, new chemotherapeutic drugs for malignant tumors including SCLC have been developed. In cases with no malignancy, several new immune-mediated therapies have become available. Therefore, we can expect improved therapeutic responses for this disorder.

Journal

  • Journal of General and Family Medicine

    Journal of General and Family Medicine 17(2), 138-143, 2016

    Japan Primary Care Association

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130005158235
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    2189-6577
  • Data Source
    J-STAGE 
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