Author Archives: Emily Malcolm, PhD

Raising Awareness of LEMS

Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is a very rare disease, with researchers estimating it affects about one person in every one million. Like many rare diseases, LEMS could well be underdiagnosed, especially in an aging population. Few physicians are very familiar with the disease, and many may never…

Firdapse and Ruzurgi to Treat LEMS

Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is a rare autoimmune disease that affects the neuromuscular junction — the point at which nerve and muscle cells meet. The disease leads to muscle weakness, pain, and fatigue, among other symptoms. With no current cure, LEMS can be treated…

Should My Baby Be Tested for LEMS?

If you or your partner has Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS), you may be wondering whether your baby should be tested for this disease. About LEMS LEMS is a rare autoimmune disease in which the body produces autoantibodies that attack the neuromuscular junction — the point at which nerve and…

Vaccines and LEMS

Many patients with an autoimmune disease such as Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) may wonder whether it is safe for them to get vaccines. What are vaccines? Vaccines are treatments that stimulate your immune system to produce antibodies against disease. They usually contain either dead or weakened virus…

LEMS and Anesthesia

Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is a rare autoimmune disease that affects the connection between nerve and muscle cells. Patients’ bodies produce antibodies that mistakenly attack this connection, and the muscles grow weak as a result. The abnormalities in nerve signaling mean that patients may have an atypical response…

Medications to Avoid When You Have LEMS

Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is a rare autoimmune disease that primarily affects nerve cells and muscles. The immune system mistakenly attacks a specific component of the nervous system that controls muscle contractions. This results in muscle weakness, among other symptoms. There are some medications that you should…

Pregnancy and LEMS

Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is a rare autoimmune disease characterized by muscle weakness, among other symptoms. It is caused by the production of antibodies that mistakenly attack the point where nerve and muscle cells meet. Can women with LEMS get pregnant? There are no data indicating that…