MELAS syndrome in an Indigenous Australian woman

Luke J Conway, Thomas E Robertson, James J McGill and Josh P Hanson
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (10): 581-582. || doi: 10.5694/mja10.11393

To the Editor: MELAS (mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes) syndrome has not been reported previously in the Aboriginal Australian population. Here, we describe a patient with MELAS syndrome in this population.

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  • Luke J Conway1
  • Thomas E Robertson2
  • James J McGill3
  • Josh P Hanson1

  • 1 Cairns Base Hospital, Cairns, QLD.
  • 2 Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.


Competing interests:

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