Mitochondrial disease Sentence Examples
Approximately 1,000 to 4,000 children are born with mitochondrial disease in the United States each year.
Typically, by the age of ten, approximately one in 4,000 American children is diagnosed with mitochondrial disease.
The prognosis of mitochondrial disease depends on many factors, including the specific disorder, the mode of inheritance, the age of onset, and what organs are affected.
In the case of mitochondrial cytopathies that are caused by environmental factors such as certain drugs or toxins, avoidance of these substances may minimize the risk of developing mitochondrial disease.
Genetic testing, however, cannot determine with certainty if or when a child will develop a mitochondrial disease or what the severity will be.Advertisement
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation asserts that one in 4,000 children develop mitochondrial dysfunction by the time they reach age ten.
Most autistic children do not have mitochondrial disease according to Dr. Bruce Cohen.
Parents can work with their children's pediatricians to determine the best course of action if mitochondrial disease is suspect or if pervasive developmental disorders are present in other family members.
An autism and mitochondrial disease diagnosis can be overwhelming for parents.
A dual autism and mitochondrial disease diagnosis may signal that the symptoms of the autistic disorders are related.Advertisement
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that a person diagnosed with mitochondrial disease may have a pervasive developmental disorder as well.
A person with mitochondrial disease may not show any signs of autism at all.
Among the most outstanding resources for families affected by mitochondrial disorders is the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
The UMDF also funds research into diagnosing, treating and curing mitochondrial disease.
So what should parents of a child diagnosed with mitochondrial disease and autism do?Advertisement
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation is an excellent place to start.