Unusual occurrence of intestinal pseudo obstruction in a patient with maternally inherited diabetes and deafness (MIDD) and favorable outcome with coenzyme Q10

Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol. 2008 Nov;52(8):1345-9. doi: 10.1590/s0004-27302008000800023.


Maternally inherited diabetes and deafness (MIDD) has been related to an A to G transition in the mitochondrial tRNA Leu (UUR) gene at the base pair 3243. This subtype of diabetes is characterized by maternal transmission, young age at onset and bilateral hearing impairment. Besides diabetes and deafness, the main diagnostic features, a wide range of multisystemic symptoms may be associated with the A3243G mutation. Organs that are most metabolically active, such as muscles, myocardium, retina, cochlea, kidney and brain are frequently affected. Gastrointestinal tract symptoms are also common in patients with mitochondrial disease and constipation and diarrhea are the most frequent manifestations. However, there are few prior reports of intestinal pseudo obstruction in MIDD patients. Here we report the case of a patient with MIDD associated with the mtDNA A3243G mutation who developed chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction, and the introduction of Coenzyme Q10 as adjunctive therapy led to a solution of the pseudo obstruction.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Mitochondrial / genetics
  • Deafness / complications*
  • Deafness / genetics
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus* / genetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction* / drug therapy
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction* / genetics
  • Middle Aged
  • Pedigree
  • Point Mutation / genetics
  • Ubiquinone / analogs & derivatives*
  • Ubiquinone / therapeutic use
  • Vitamins / therapeutic use*


  • DNA, Mitochondrial
  • Vitamins
  • Ubiquinone
  • coenzyme Q10