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The MELAS syndrome. Review of the literature: the role of the otologist

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Petros Karkos


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The mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) syndrome is a rare congenital disorder of mitochondrial DNA (mt-DNA). Patients with this syndrome may present to the otolaryngologist with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), which is genetic in origin. A high index of suspicion is required because this hearing loss is part of a syndrome for which early diagnosis and intervention is required.

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Author(s): Karkos PD, Waldron M, Johnson IJ

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Otolaryngology

Year: 2004

Volume: 29

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-4

Online publication date: 06/01/2004

ISSN (print): 1749-4478

ISSN (electronic): 1749-4486


DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2273.2004.00769.x