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?
There is no specific cure to the disease but the treatment is suggested to manage the symptoms. The most common treatment for this condition is administering thiamine (Vitamin B1) or thiamine derivatives. This may slightly slow down the progression of the disease.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are some current clinical trials that are government funded to determine a treatment for the condition.