Leigh disease is also referred to as juvenile subacute necrotizing encephalomyelopathy and Leigh syndrome. It basically a neurometabolic disorder that starts off at very early stages of infancy. The most common symptoms here include weakness of the muscles, trouble in moving the eyes, thickening of the heart muscles thus changing in breathing patterns, etc.
HOW IS LEIGH SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of Leigh Syndrome may be confirmed by a thorough clinical evaluation and a number of specialized tests such as MRI, and CT scan. After a methodical check-up, the Neurologist/General Physician evaluates the severity of the disease.
HOW IS LEIGH SYNDROME TREATED?
The most common treatment of Leigh Syndrome is the administration of thiamine (Vitamin B1) or thiamine derivatives.
DID YOU KNOW?
The NINDS supports and encourages a broad range of basic and clinical research on neurogenetic disorders such as Leigh's disease. The goal of this research is to understand what causes these disorders and then to apply these findings to new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent them.