Researchers at The First Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University in China have published a study in which they reviewed the resources available to health care professionals for diagnosing MELAS. Florida residents might know that this stands for mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like events.
Mitochondrial health conditions are rare and result from a mutation of mitochondrially expressed genes in an individual's DNA. MELAS is a neurodegenerative illness that worsens with time. It affects several systems in the body, particularly the muscles and nervous system. The disease is often misdiagnosed because it manifests and progresses differently. Despite this, some of the early symptoms include exercise intolerance, lack of appetite, muscle pain and weakness, recurrent headaches, seizures and vomiting. Additionally, stroke-like events could occur in severely affected individuals before they turn 40.