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Mitochondrial Disease (cont.)

Is there any treatment for mitochondrial disease?

Although there is no specific treatment for any of the mitochondrial myopathies, physical therapy may extend the range of movement of muscles and improve dexterity. Vitamin therapies such as riboflavin, coenzyme Q, and carnitine (a specialized amino acid) may provide subjective improvement in fatigue and energy levels in some patients.

What is the prognosis for mitochondrial disease?

The prognosis for patients with mitochondrial myopathies varies greatly, depending largely on the type of disease and the degree of involvement of various organs. These disorders cause progressive weakness and can lead to death.

What research is being done for mitochondrial disease?

The NINDS conducts and supports research on mitochondrial myopathies. The goals of this research are to increase scientific understanding of these disorders and to find ways to effectively treat, prevent, or potentially cure them.


Muscular Dystrophy Association
3300 East Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718-3208
Tel: 520-529-2000
Fax: 520-529-5300

United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
8085 Saltsburg Road Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Tel: 412-793-8077
888-317-UMDF (8633)
Fax: 412-793-6477

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
55 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Tel: 203-744-0100
Voice Mail 800-999-NORD (6673)
Fax: 203-798-2291

P.O. Box 51474
Boston, MA 02205
Tel: 888-648-6228


"NINDS Mitochondrial Myopathies Information Page." National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 16 Dec. 2011.

Last Editorial Review: 12/16/2011


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