What is MELAS?
Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and
stroke-like episodes (more commonly known as MELAS syndrome), is a
rare disorder that affects many of the body's systems, particularly
the brain and nervous system (encephalo-) and muscles
MELAS syndrome affects boys and girls equally and all ethnic
groups equally. It is common for symptoms appear in childhood
following a period of normal development, although they can begin
at any age. Early symptoms may include muscle weakness and pain,
recurrent headaches, loss of appetite, vomiting, and seizures. For
approximately 75 percent of cases symptoms have begun before the
age of 20 years and most before age 40. For more
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USA based website is full of facts and useful
- National organisation for rare diseases
This page was reviewed 31 Mar 2016