Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Mitochondrial Encephalopathy Lactic Acidosis Syndrome

Heritable adult-onset muscular degenerative condition that manifests in the fourth decade. Symptoms include hearing and speech impairment, difficulty walking, memory los, diabetes, seizures, and dementia; fatal. Caused by a mutation in a mitochondrial gene that codes for a tRNA. Aka mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes syndrome.

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