Leigh Syndrome, also known as Leigh Disease, is a rare inherited neurometabolic disorder that affects the central nervous system. While the symptoms of Leigh Syndrome begin between the age of three months and two years, however, some patients do not exhibit any sign until several years later. Some of the signs and symptoms of Leigh Syndrome include loss of motor skills, loss of appetite, irritability, vomiting, or seizures.
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 are no standard treatment procedures available for Leigh Syndrome, only symptomatic relief is possible. Common treatment is administering thiamine or thiamine derivatives for temporary relief from symptoms. Dietary changes to include low carbohydrates and high fat are recommended for patients with Leigh Syndrome
DID YOU KNOW?
There are some current clinical trials that are government funded to determine a treatment for the condition.