Author(s): Walia A, Thapa BR, Kim V
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Abstract Mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy is a rare disorder affecting the pediatric age group with a heterogeneous multisystem involvement. We happen to manage a young child with symptoms of constipation since infancy along with cachexia, seizures and peripheral neuropathy. The child later went into encephalopathy preterminally. This clinical syndrome fitted very well with mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy. The child had elevated lactate levels and electron microscopy of the rectal biopsy was suggestive of a mitochondrial disorder To the best of our knowledge there is no case report of this syndrome from India and since this presents with diagnostic difficulties so is being reported.
This article was published in Indian J Pediatr
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports