First of all, has your daughter seen a neurologist? Has she consulted with a cardiovascular/thoracic surgeon? Also, what sort of films have been taken, to look at her thymus gland? Anything, short of CAT scan, may not reveal the true state of her thymus gland; i.e., for instance, I had an x-ray, which did not show my thymus gland at all. Also, when I had a CAT scan, it showed that my thymus gland was “enlarged;” however, when my surgeon performed thymectomy, it was found I had thymoma (tumor), the “size of a pear.”
Most neurologists and surgeons will recommend thymectomy–especially, for such a young female. Also, it is well-known that a person who undergoes thymectomy has a 75-85% chance of remission in 4-6 years.
Thymectomy is recommended–whether or not there is presence of thymoma. In all the literature I’ve read–and, especially, what my neurologist has told me–they aren’t sure why, but the thymus gland plays an important role in M.G.
Please feel free to contact me, with any further questions, and I will do my best to answer them! I know thymectomy is a frightening concept–it was to me, too–but I came through it with flying colors, and I was 40 years old at the time.