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Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) syndrome in pregnancy


The syndrome of mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) is a rare mitochondrial disease with few documented cases in pregnancy. In this case report, we discuss the presentation and management of a 39-year-old grand multiparous lady with MELAS syndrome, which was diagnosed prior to her eighth pregnancy, discuss potential implications of the condition in pregnancy and summarise the current guidelines for the management of this rare condition.

  • pregnancy
  • epilepsy and seizures
  • stroke
  • genetic screening / counselling
  • metabolic disorders

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