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01.12.2019 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2019 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2019

Dynamic derangement in amino acid profile during and after a stroke-like episode in adult-onset mitochondrial disease: a case report

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Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2019
Autoren:
Mai Fukuda, Yoshiro Nagao
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Supplementary information accompanies this paper at https://​doi.​org/​10.​1186/​s13256-019-2255-9.

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Abstract

Background

Maternally inherited diabetes and deafness, and mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes are examples of mitochondrial diseases that are relatively common in the adult population. Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes are assumed to be associated with decreases in arginine and citrulline. Biomarkers, such as growth differentiation factor-15, were developed to assist in the diagnosis of mitochondrial diseases.

Case presentation

A 55-year-old Japanese man, an insulin user, presented after a loss of consciousness. A laboratory test showed diabetic ketoacidosis. He and his mother had severe hearing difficulty. Bilateral lesions on magnetic resonance imaging, the presence of seizure, and an elevated ratio of lactate to pyruvate, altogether suggested a diagnosis of mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial DNA in our patient’s peripheral blood was positive with a 3243A>G mutation, which is the most frequent cause of maternally inherited diabetes and deafness, and mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes. As a result, maternally inherited diabetes and deafness/mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes was diagnosed. We measured growth differentiation factor-15 and multiple amino acids in his blood, longitudinally during and after the stroke-like episode. Growth differentiation factor-15 was increased to an immeasurably high level on the day of the stroke-like episode. Although his diabetes improved with an increased dose of insulin, the growth differentiation factor-15 level gradually increased, suggesting that his mitochondrial insufficiency did not improve. Multiple amino acid species, including arginine, citrulline, and taurine, showed a decreased level on the day of the episode and a sharp increase the next day. In contrast, the level of aspartic acid increased to an extremely high level on the day of the episode, and decreased gradually thereafter.

Conclusions

Growth differentiation factor-15 can be used not only for the diagnosis of mitochondrial disease, but as an indicator of its acute exacerbation. A stroke-like episode of mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes reflects a drastic derangement of multiple amino acids. The involvement of aspartic acid in the episodes should be explored in future studies.

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