Regular tests are recommended for most people with mitochondrial disease (mito). Most of these will look for changes in how mito is affecting your child.

Recommendations for the ongoing monitoring of mito

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Mental Health

You and your doctors can discuss whether you have any symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Diagnosis test icon 1 Fatigue
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Additional recommendations for children

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Developmental progress

YYour child’s developmental progress should be closely monitored at each follow-up. Your doctor may recommend a neurodevelopmental assessment for your child in the first 3 - 4 years and your child should have formal neuropsychological testing before starting school. If your child has changes in their intellectual ability, behaviour or personality, repeat neuropsychological testing may be appropriate. This testing helps you and your doctors to track how they are going and to develop their personalised care plans.

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MLASA Children with MLASA or Pearson syndrome

Regular checks and lifestyle recommendations for children with mito

Your child should keep up to date with health checks that are not related to mito. This includes regular vaccinations.

Brain Fatigue


Fatigue is a common problem that your child might experience. Exercise therapy may help. Create a regular exercise program that is appropriate for your child. This can be done with an exercise physiologist, physiotherapist, allied health professional, allied health professional, or sports medicine physician.

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Diet Diet
Mobility Mobility
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Author(s): Mito Foundation
Reviewer(s): Health professionals specialising in mito
Version: 1
Date published: Wednesday 29 November 2023