Chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary Genomic Southern analysis of muscle mitochondrial (mt) DNA from 16 patients with mitochondrial myopathies was performed; 14 of 16 patients had chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEO), while 2 patients had mitochondrial myopathies without CPEO. Eleven patients with CPEO, including 5 who exhibited the complete triad of symptoms characteristic of the Kearns-Sayre syndrome (i.e. CPEO, retinal degeneration and heart block) had hetero-plasmic mtDNA with deletions ranging from 2.0 to 8.0 kb in length. There was no clear-cut correlation between the size and location of the deletions, on the one hand, and the histo-chemical and biochemical data or the severity of the disease, on the other.
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