What is Mitochondrial Myopathy?
The word “myopathy” means disease of the muscle tissue. As the term implies, mitochondrial myopathy (MM) is a neuromuscular disease caused by damage to the mitochondria. Many patients with mitochondrial disease have a mitochondrial myopathy, either as their sole diagnosis or as an additional, descriptive co-diagnosis as part of their mitochondrial disorder. Mitochondrial myopathy may be present in adults and children, and may occur with or without a genetic mitochondrial disease diagnosis. Further, several clinical trials are currently examining the impact of various therapies or potential treatments for people with mitochondrial myopathy.
Join us this month on Friday, November 20th at 12 pm EST with Dr. Bruce Cohen, Director of Pediatric Neurology and then the Director of the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center at Akron Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cohen is well-known and highly respected as an expert author, speaker, clinician and research investigator in mitochondrial disorders. Topics for this important discussion include:
- What is mitochondrial myopathy?
- How is it diagnosed?
- Are there treatments for mitochondrial myopathy? Other management strategies?
- What are the most common symptoms of mitochondrial myopathy?
- Who typically is diagnosed with mitochondrial myopathy?