Why visit the Radboud University Medical Center?The Radboud Center for Mitochondrial Medicine (RCMM) is a nationally and internationally recognised expert center for clinical care, diagnostics and research for patients with a mitochondrial energy disorder. By integrating all mitochondrial clinical care, diagnostics and research within the Radboud University Medical Center, the RCMM provides specialised services for patients and their caregivers and shares medical expertise with professionals. Our physicians are specialised in recognising mitochondrial disorders and are aware of the latest scientific developments in the field.
Currently available therapy is mostly supportive, through proper checkups by physicians and a diet (sufficient intake, or after consulting a dietician, enteral tube feeding). Sometimes carnitine, riboflavin, arginine, co-enzyme Q10 and/or other supplements will be prescribed. However, the effectiveness of these supplements is not always clear. At the Radboud University Medical Center we also investigate more effective medication for this disorder. Neurological, ophtamological and cardiological evaluations at regular intervals are a requirement for monitoring progression of the disease and to discover new symptoms. There are no standard guidelines for patients with a mitochondrial disorder. Therefore it is advised to consult a medical specialist in the field of mitochondrial disorders (paediatrician, internist or neurologist) at least once a year. Investigations during or prior to pregnancy are not completely reliable.