Improvement in symptoms of the syndrome of mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like symptoms (MELAS) following treatment with sympathomimetic amines - Possible implications for improving fecundity in women of advanced reproductive age

C. P. Potestio, J. H. Check, J. Mitchell-Williams

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    Abstract

    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of sympathomimetic amine therapy on a mitochondrial abnormality known as the mitochondrial encephalopathy lactic acidosis and stroke-like symptoms syndrome (MELAS syndrome). Materials and Methods: Dextroamphetamine sulfate 15 mg extended release capsule was prescribed to a woman with a 25 year history of MELAS syndrome refractory to most other therapies. Results: Within one month of therapy the woman noticed considerable improvement in her chronic fatigue, pain, and edema. Conclusions: The MELAS syndrome is thus another condition to add to the list of various chronic refractory disorders that improve considerably after dextroamphetamine therapy. This is the first mitochondrial disorder shown to improve with sympathomimetic amines which could suggest that dextroamphetamine could prove useful in decreasing the risk of aneuploidy in women of advanced reproductive age.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)343-345
    Number of pages3
    JournalClinical and Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Volume41
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2014

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Reproductive Medicine
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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