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It is suggested that mitochondrial diseases might be identified in 22—33% of cryptogenic stroke cases in young subjects. The incidence of mitochondrial disorders in patients with stroke is unknown; it is 0.8 to 7.2% according to the data of some authors. The paper gives data on the prevalence, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of mitochondrial diseases, such as mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like syndrome (MELAS) and insulin-like episodes; myoclonic epilepsy and ragged-red fibers (MERRF) syndrome, and Kearns-Sayre syndrome (sporadic multisystem mitochondrial pathology).

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N V Pizova

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Pizova N.V. Strokes in mitochondrial diseases. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2012;4(2):73-78. (In Russ.)

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