MELAS


MELAS
Acronym for mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and strokelike episodes. One of the mitochondrial disorders, this condition is usually hereditary, with a mutation at the mitochondrial genome at locus 3243.
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mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and strokelike symptoms [syndrome]

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mitochondrial encephalopathy lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes: a rare metabolic disorder, usually inherited from the mother, that results in short stature and high levels of lactic acid in the blood (see lactic acidosis). Affected individuals are usually diagnosed in late childhood and early adult life. See also mitochondrial disorders.

Medical dictionary. 2011.