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Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome
Pathology
Type

Autoimmune, paraneoplastic syndrome

Cause(s)

Lung cancer, hypothyroidism

Symptoms

Weakness in arms and legs close to trunk, dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision, lack of sweat, orthostatic hypotension

Mortality Rate

N/A

Treatments

Treatment of underlying conditions

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Lambert-Eaton syndrome (LES) is a rare disorder in which faulty communication between nerves and muscles leads to muscle weakness.

LES is an autoimmune disorder. This means your immune system mistakenly targets healthy cells and tissues in the body.

With LES, antibodies produced by the immune system attack at the connection between nerve and muscle (the neuromuscular junction) making nerves cells unable to release enough of acetylcholine and interferes with the ability of nerve cells to send signals to muscle cells. The result is muscle weakness.

LES may occur with cancers such as small cell lung cancer or autoimmune disorders such as vitiligo, which leads to a loss of skin pigment.

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