Information About Mitochondrial Disease

(also known as MELAS, MERRF, NARP, LHON)

Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, the cell's power producers. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised. The disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more common.



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