What is the outlook (prognosis) for people who have mitochondrial diseases?

The outlook for people who have mitochondrial diseases depends on how many organ systems and tissues are affected and the severity of disease. Some affected children and adults live near normal lives. Others might experience drastic changes in their health over a very short period of time. Some patients may have flare-ups of their disease, then return to a more stable state for years. Although there is no cure for mitochondrial diseases at the moment, research is ongoing.

Parents with mitochondrial disease(s) who are considering having other children may want to consult a genetic counselor to discuss their concerns.

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