Practice patterns of mitochondrial disease physicians in North America. Part 1: diagnostic and clinical challenges

Mitochondrion. 2014 Jan;14(1):26-33. doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2013.07.116. Epub 2013 Jul 26.


Mitochondrial medicine is a young subspecialty. Clinicians have a limited evidence base on which to formulate clinical decisions regarding diagnosis, treatment and patient management. Mitochondrial medicine specialists have cobbled together an informal set of rules and paradigms for preventive care and management based in part on anecdotal experience. The Mitochondrial Medicine Society (MMS) assessed the current state of clinical practice from diagnosis, to preventive care and treatment, as provided by various mitochondrial disease specialists in North America. We hope that by obtaining this information we can begin moving towards formulating a set of consensus criteria and establishing standards of care.

Keywords: Clinical guidelines; Mitochondrial disease; Mitochondrial medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mitochondrial Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Mitochondrial Diseases / prevention & control
  • Mitochondrial Diseases / therapy*
  • North America
  • Physicians*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*