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MELAS: Introduction

MELAS: A mitochondrial disorder characterized by stroke-like episodes, headaches, vomiting and other neurological symptoms. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of MELAS is available below.

Symptoms of MELAS

Home Diagnostic Testing

Home medical testing related to MELAS:

Wrongly Diagnosed with MELAS?

MELAS: Related Patient Stories

MELAS: Deaths

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MELAS: Complications

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Causes of MELAS

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Disease Topics Related To MELAS

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Less Common Symptoms of MELAS

MELAS: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and MELAS

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to more »

Mild traumatic brain injury often remains undiagnosed: Although the symptoms of severe brain injury are hard to miss, it is less clear for milder injuries, or even those causing a mild concussion diagnosis. more »

MTBI misdiagnosed as balance problem: When a person has symptoms such as vertigo or dizziness, a diagnosis of brain injury may go overlooked. This is particularly true more »

Brain pressure condition often misdiagnosed as dementia: A condition that results from an excessive pressure of CSF within the brain is often misdiagnosed. It may be misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease or dementia (such more »

Post-concussive brain injury often misdiagnosed: A study found that soldiers who had suffered a concussive injury in battle often were misdiagnosed on more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines more »

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis). See symptoms of Vitamin more »

MELAS: Research Doctors & Specialists

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MELAS: Rare Types

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MELAS: Animations

Prognosis for MELAS

Prognosis for MELAS: generally poor, stroke-like episodes may be harmless or cause permanent neurological deficits

Research about MELAS

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Clinical Trials for MELAS

The US based website lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

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Statistics for MELAS

MELAS: Broader Related Topics

MELAS Message Boards

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User Interactive Forums

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Definitions of MELAS:

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


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