Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome-4A, also known as Alpers syndrome, is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a clinical triad of psychomotor retardation, intractable epilepsy, and liver failure in infants and young children. Pathologic findings include neuronal loss in the cerebral gray matter with reactive astrocytosis and liver cirrhosis. The disorder is progressive and often leads to death from hepatic failure or status epilepticus before age 3 years.
Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome-4B is an autosomal recessive progressive multisystem disorder clinically characterized by chronic gastrointestinal dysmotility and pseudoobstruction, cachexia, progressive external ophthalmoplegia (PEO), axonal sensory ataxic neuropathy, and muscle weakness
Epilepsy, Ataxia, Mitochondrial Disease
Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis, Carrier testing in unaffected family members