Chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction and ophthalmoplegia in a patient with mitochondrial myopathy

Gut. 1988 Apr;29(4):544-7. doi: 10.1136/gut.29.4.544.


A 38 year old woman having chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction associated with mitochondrial myopathy is reported. The clinical and radiographic features suggested the diagnosis of chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction. Muscular atrophy and ophthalmoplegia led to muscle biopsy, which disclosed accumulation of normal and abnormal mitochondria ('ragged red fibres'), characteristic of mitochondrial myopathy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction / etiology*
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction / pathology
  • Mitochondria, Muscle / ultrastructure*
  • Muscular Diseases / complications*
  • Muscular Diseases / pathology
  • Ophthalmoplegia / etiology*
  • Ophthalmoplegia / pathology