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.
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