Kearns Sayre Syndrome
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
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Synonyms Back to top
- chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia and myopathy
- chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia with ragged red fibers
- CPEO with myopathy
- CPEO with ragged red fibers
- mitochondrial cytopathy
- occulocraniosomatic syndrome (obsolete)
- ophthalmoplegia, pigmentary degeneration of the retina and cadiomyopathy
- ophthalmoplegia plus syndrome
Disorder Subdivisions Back to top
General Discussion Back to top
Kearns-Sayre syndrome (KSS) is a rare neuromuscular disorder characterized by three primary findings: progressive paralysis of certain eye muscles (chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia [CPEO]); abnormal accumulation of colored (pigmented) material on the nerve-rich membrane lining the eyes (atypical retinitis pigmentosa), leading to chronic inflammation, progressive degeneration, and wearing away of certain eye structures (pigmentary degeneration of the retina); and heart disease (cardiomyopathy) such as heart block. Other findings may include muscle weakness, short stature, hearing loss, and/or the loss of ability to coordinate voluntary movements (ataxia) due to problems affecting part of the brain (cerebellum). In some cases, KSS may be associated with other disorders and/or conditions.
KSS belongs (in part) to a group of rare neuromuscular disorders known as mitochondrial encephalomyopathies. Mitochondrial encephalomyopathies are disorders in which a defect in genetic material arises from a part of the cell structure that releases energy (mitochondria), causing the brain and muscles to function improperly (encephalomyopathies). In these disorders, abnormally high numbers of defective mitochondria are present. In approximately 80 percent of cases of KSS, tests will reveal missing genetic material (deletion) involving the unique DNA in mitochondria (mtDNA).
Resources Back to top
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
111 E 59th St
New York, NY 10022-1202
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
8085 Saltsburg Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
One AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
NIH/National Eye Institute
31 Center Dr
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
14 Pembroke Street
Medford, MA 02155
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