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CoQ Deficiency

Alternative Names: Primary Coenzyme Q10 Deficiency; Ubiquinone Deficiency; Coenzyme Q Deficiency (Primary CoQ10 Deficiency)

Disease Category: Mitochondrial Disorders

A rare, inherited disorder characterized by deficiency of a protein called coenzyme Q10, or ubiquinone. Age of onset varies. Manifestations include: encephalomyopathy (severe brain disease combined with muscle weakness), ataxia (lack of coordination), seizures, spasticity (muscle rigidity), nystagmus (abnormal eye movements), vision loss, intellectual disability, hypotonia (low muscle tone), dystonia (involuntary movements), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (heart muscle thickening), and nephrotic syndrome (kidney damage causing protein excretion in the urine).

Research groups studying this disease

Mitochondrial Disorders
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North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC)

Improves quality of life for people affected by mitochondrial disease through education, outreach, advocacy, and clinical research initiatives.

Promotes research and education for the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of mitochondrial disorders while providing support to those affected.