Alpers Disease Treatment News and Symptoms Information

What is Alpers Disease?

(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Alpers’ disease is a progressive, neurodevelopmental, mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome characterized by three co-occurring clinical symptoms: psychomotor regression (dementia); seizures; and liver disease.  It is an autosomal recessive disease caused by mutation in the gene for the mitochondrial DNA polymerase POLG.  The disease occurs in about one in 100,000 persons.  Most individuals with Alpers’ disease do not show symptoms at birth and develop normally for weeks to years before the onset of symptoms.

See below for updated news and information regarding Alpers Disease including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Alpers Disease Treatment News and Research

Dawn of the GM baby? Cure for deadly mitochondrial disease is on

Daily MailJul 15, 2015
Cure for deadly mitochondrial disease is on the horizon – but it involves …. names, for example Alpers, Leigh’s disease, MELAS and MERRF.

Diverse Mitochondria Defects Traced to Single DNA Mutation

Mitochondrial Disease NewsJan 18, 2016
… polymerase gamma — are associated with mitochondrial disease. … had a severe form of Alpers-Huttenlocher syndrome, one of the most …

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