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Do children grow out of mitochondrial diseases?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Children do not grow out of mitochondrial diseases. There are no cures for mitochondrial diseases, only treatments and therapies to help patients and caregivers manage the symptoms. Because of the unpredictable nature of mitochondrial diseases, symptoms can change throughout the patients lives, Patients and their caregivers must continue to adapt to new conditions or circumstances and be prepared for new changes beyond those. Some children, teens, and adults are able to live somewhat normal lives with their diseases. Others' lives are seriously impacted by the diseases.

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