Which mitochondrial diseases may cause epileptic seizures?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Mitochondrial disorders are underdiagnosed but often involve seizures and other neurologic manifestations. Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and strokelike episodes (MELAS) syndrome is a mitochondrial disorder that is associated with seizures; often, seizures are the presenting manifestation. Patients can also have recurrent headache and vomiting.


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