Acetylcholine receptor is a chemical substance that helps in transmitting messages between the cells of the nerves. Acetylcholine antibody obstructs the communication between the nerves and the skeletal muscles causing muscle fatigue and prevents the production of acetylcholine receptors.
Myasthenia Gravis leads to weakness in your voluntary skeletal muscles. This results in the failure of muscles to contract normally because they can’t respond to nerve impulses. A blocked communication occurs between nerve and muscle without proper transmission of the impulse resulting in weakness.
The level of acetylcholine receptor antibodies is measured in the blood. Low level of acetylcholine receptor indicates Myasthenia Gravis.
Test Method 1: The test will start with an intravenous (IV) needle placed in your arm or the back of your hand. A small amount of Tensilon will then be injected. Your stomach might feel upset or your heart rate might increase from the drug. Depending on why the test is being administered, the rest of the procedure will continue in different ways.
Report available: The turn around time for this test is around 3 to 4 days.
When your doctor suspects that may be suffering from myasthenia gravis, you will be asked for repetitive movement of your muscle, that will help to test your muscles. If you will find it difficult to move your muscles, your doctor suspects you of suffering from Myasthenia Gravis, you will need to get this test done.