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What is MELAS?

What is MELAS?

  • MELAS: A mitochondrial disorder characterized by stroke-like episodes, headaches, vomiting and other neurological symptoms.

MELAS is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that MELAS, or a subtype of MELAS, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list MELAS as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

MELAS: Introduction

Types of MELAS:

Broader types of MELAS:

How serious is MELAS?

Prognosis of MELAS: generally poor, stroke-like episodes may be harmless or cause permanent neurological deficits
Complications of MELAS: see complications of MELAS

What causes MELAS?

Causes of MELAS: see causes of MELAS

What are the symptoms of MELAS?

Symptoms of MELAS: see symptoms of MELAS

Complications of MELAS: see complications of MELAS

Onset of MELAS: variable

Can anyone else get MELAS?

More information: see contagiousness of MELAS
Inheritance: see inheritance of MELAS

Inheritance of genetic conditions: see details in inheritance of genetic diseases.

MELAS: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for MELAS.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and MELAS.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for MELAS: Medical Geneticist, Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for MELAS.
Treatments for MELAS: see treatments for MELAS
Research for MELAS: see research for MELAS

Organs Affected by MELAS:

Organs and body systems related to MELAS include:

Name and Aliases of MELAS

Main name of condition: MELAS

Class of Condition for MELAS: genetic mitochondrial

Other names or spellings for MELAS:

MELAS syndrome, mitochondrial encephalomyopathy lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS), mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, stroke-like episodes, MELAD syndrome, mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes, myopathy, mitochondrial-encephalopathy-lactic acidosis-stroke, Mitochondrial myopathy-encephalopathy-lactic acidosis, Mitochondrial encephalopathy

Mitochondrial myopathy, Encephalopathy, Lactacidemia, Stroke-like episodes Source - Diseases Database

MELAS syndrome, Mitochondrial encephalopathy, Mitochondrial myopathy encephalopathy lactic acidosis and strokelike episodes, Mitochondrial encephalopathy, Mitochondrial myopathy encephalopathy lactic acidosis and strokelike episodes
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

MELAS: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, MELAS:

 

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