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Mitochondrial genetic disorders


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Treatment

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How might mitochondrial genetic disorders be treated?

Treatment for mitochondrial genetic disorders varies significantly based on the specific type of condition and the signs and symptoms present in each person. The primary aim of treatment is to alleviate symptoms and slow the progression of the condition. For example, a variety of vitamins and other supplements have been used to treat people affected by mitochondrial conditions with varying degrees of success. Other examples of possible interventions include medications to treat diabetes mellitus, surgery for cataracts, and cochlear implantation for hearing loss.[1][2]

For more general information about the treatment of mitochondrial genetic disorders, please visit GeneReviews.
Last updated: 1/26/2015

References
  1. Treatments & Therapies. United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. http://www.umdf.org/site/c.otJVJ7MMIqE/b.5692887/k.6686/Treatments__Therapies.htm. Accessed 4/3/2011.
  2. Patrick F Chinnery, PhD, FRCPath, FRCP, FMedSci. Mitochondrial Disorders Overview. GeneReviews. August 2014; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1224/.


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Management Guidelines

  • GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions. Click on the link to view the article on this topic.

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Mitochondrial genetic disorders. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
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