A 5-year-old boy with a history of global developmental delay was diagnosed with influenza A per his PCP and presented to a local hospital ED with five days of lethargy, poor PO intake, decreased urine output, and fever. He was transferred to the closest specialty pediatric hospital where an MRI revealed decreased signal in the basal ganglia, and an EEG showed slowing consistent with metabolic versus infectious encephalopathy. A genetic work-up noted significant heteroplasmy for mutation of the m.3243A>G MT-ATP6 gene, which is associated with MELAS (mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes) syndrome.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the most common early presenting symptom associated with MELAS
  • Differentiate nutritional supplements for which there is evidence to use in treatment of MELAS
  • Describe the biochemical pathophysiology that contributes to multi-organ dysfunction in MELAS


Drs. Sinha, Kremm, and Robbins report no relationships with third party entities producing health care goods and services.

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Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

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