What are mitochondrial myopathies?
Just as some diseases are named for the part of the body they
affect (like heart disease), mitochondrial diseases are so named
because they affect a specific part of the cells in the body.
Specifically, mitochondrial diseases affect the mitochondria - tiny
energy factories found inside almost all our cells.
A mitochondrial disease that causes prominent muscular problems
is called a mitochondrial myopathy (myo means muscle,
and pathos means disease), while a mitochondrial
disease that causes both prominent muscular and neurological
problems is called a mitochondrial encephalomyopathy
(encephalo refers to the brain).
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MELAS - mitochondrial
encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like
MERRF - myoclonus epilepsy with ragged red fibers
MIDD - maternally inherited diabetes and deafness
NARP - neuropathy, ataxia and retinitis pigmentosa