Familial kearns-sayre syndrome

Eugene R. Schnitzler, William C. Robertson

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The Kearns-Sayre syndrome (KSS) is a distinctive type of progressive external ophthalmoplegia, characterized by pigmentary degeneration of the retina, heart block, elevated concentration of cerebrospinal fluid protein, and abnormal muscle mitochondria. Previously described cases have all been sporadic. Consequently, viral infections and autoimmune disorders have been proposed as etiologies. The occurrence of KSS in two brothers suggests that genetic factors may play a role in the pathogenesis of some cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1172-1174
Number of pages3
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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