Inside body cells are tiny little parts called mitochondria (as many as 1,000 per cell). The mitochondria make the energy the cells need to grow and do their work in the body. If the mitochondria are damaged or malfunctioning, the cells cannot carry out their functions.
Causes of Mitochondrial Disease in Children
Mitochondrial disease is usually a genetic condition that runs in families.
Mitochondrial Disease Symptoms
- Muscle weakness or exercise intolerance
- Heart failure or rhythm disturbances
- Movement disorders
- Stroke-like episodes
- Droopy eyelids
- Limited mobility of the eyes
Mitochondrial Disease Treatment
The treatment your child needs will depend on his or her specific needs.
A doctor who specializes in metabolic diseases can decide the best way to reduce symptoms, delay the progression, or even prevent the progression of the disease.
Your child’s treatment might include:
- Vitamin and enzyme therapies
- Occupational and physical therapy
- Diet therapy
Where Can I Get More Information?
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
8085 Saltsburg Road, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
P.O. Box 1968 (55 Kenosia Avenue)
Danbury, CT 06813-1968
Voice Mail 800-999-NORD (6673)