What Is Leigh Syndrome?

By james
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Our nervous system is essential to us. It is essential because it helps to relay information to and from the brain, and it also helps ensure our organs are working as they should be. It is essential for our body movements and helps give us the balance we need to be able to walk upright, and perform other actions. It also helps us to see, hear, smell and touch.

If something was to happen to our nervous system then it can have a profound impact on our lives. It can limit our ability to move and to feel, and can affect the functioning of some of our most essential organs. There are some medical conditions that can have a direct impact on our nervous system, one of which is Leigh syndrome.

1. Leigh Syndrome

Leigh Syndrome, which is also known as subacute necrotizing encephalomyelopathy, is a neurodegenerative condition. This means that the patient’s nervous system will gradually deteriorate over time. Leigh syndrome is an inherited condition and it is also, thankfully, very rare.

The disease can be found in only around 1 in 40,000 births. The disease usually becomes noticeable when the patient is still just an infant, and the severity of the symptoms tend to get worse very quickly. In a very small number of cases, the symptoms may not begin to show until the patient’s teenage years, or even until they reach adulthood.

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