London Neurologist

Mitochondrial Diseases Specialist

Professor Hanna: A Leader in Mitochondrial Diseases Treatment

Professor Hanna is a highly respected specialist in the field of mitochondrial diseases. As a Mitochondrial Diseases Specialist, with his expertise, he works closely with patients to understand their unique symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. As part of the NHS Highly Specialised Services (HSS) programme, he provides a dedicated rare mitochondrial disorders service that focuses on managing and treating rare diseases.

Understanding Mitochondrial Diseases

Mitochondria, present in almost every cell of our bodies, play a crucial role in converting nutrients from the food we eat into the energy our bodies need to function. However, mitochondrial disorders, disrupt this process leading to a wide range of symptoms that can affect different parts of the body. Diagnosing mitochondrial diseases can be challenging due to their varied presentation in patients.

Effects of Mitochondrial Diseases on the Body

The impact of mitochondrial diseases, as identified by a Mitochondrial Diseases Specialist, can be widespread, primarily affecting areas of the body with high energy demands, including the brain, muscles, liver, heart, and kidneys. Individuals with these diseases may experience an array of symptoms that greatly impact their daily lives.

In the brain, mitochondrial diseases can lead to delays in development, learning difficulties, migraines, dementia, seizures, stroke, and atypical cerebral palsy. Muscles can be affected, causing weakness, cramping, reflux, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. Nerves can be impacted, leading to symptoms such as fainting, heat/cold intolerance, and pain. Pancreatic failure and diabetes can also be associated with mitochondrial diseases. Additionally, kidney problems, heart defects, blockages, and cardiomyopathy, liver issues, vision loss, hearing loss, systemic problems like inability to gain weight, fatigue, respiratory problems, and short stature are all potential effects of mitochondrial diseases.

Mitochondrial Disease Treatment Approaches

While there is currently no cure for these diseases, treatment, led by a Mitochondrial Specialist like Professor Hanna, focuses on managing symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease. Each patient’s treatment plan is customised to address their specific needs.

Mitochondrial specialists, such as Professor Hanna, may implement strategies to enhance energy production in patients. This can involve utilising vitamins and co-factors such as Riboflavin, L-carnitine, Vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, and Arginine. Additionally, a specialised diet may be recommended under the supervision of a medical team to support mitochondrial function.

Exercise as a Beneficial Strategy

Research conducted by Mitochondrial Specialists has shown that endurance and resistance exercise can be beneficial for individuals with mitochondrial disease. Engaging in activities like swimming, running, walking, cycling, weight training, and bodyweight exercises can help improve muscle size and strength, which can improve overall function and quality of life for those with mitochondrial diseases.

Managing Flare-ups and Additional Illnesses

Individuals with mitochondrial diseases must be vigilant about their health, as additional illnesses can worsen or accelerate the progression of the disease. Due to the limited energy reserve in cells, the body may struggle to cope with the increased demands placed on it during times of illness. It is important to consult a Mitochondrial Specialist for guidance and support in managing flare-ups and additional illnesses to minimise the impact on mitochondrial function and overall health.

Outlook and Variability of Mitochondrial Diseases

The outlook for individuals with mitochondrial disease can vary greatly depending on the severity of the disease and the individual’s unique circumstances. While some individuals lead near-normal lives, others may experience rapid changes in their health over a short period. Some patients may have flare-ups followed by stable periods that can last for several years. The variability of mitochondrial diseases underscores the importance of personalised care and ongoing management.

Finding Hope and Support

Professor Hanna, mitochondrial diseases specialist, is proud to be at the forefront of mitochondrial diseases treatment. He offers hope and support to patients and their families, dedicating his expertise to improving the lives of those affected by these complex conditions. With his extensive experience and commitment to research, Professor Hanna continues to contribute to the understanding and treatment of mitochondrial diseases.

Appointments and More Information

If you are concerned about your symptoms and would like to arrange a neurological assessment, or wish to discuss your mitochondrial disease diagnosis and treatment, please make an appointment. Professor Hanna is available for private or NHS appointments.

NHS Appointments

A letter of referral is required from your GP or NHS Practitioner. Referrals should be sent to my NHS Office.

NHS Office Address:
Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Queen Square
NHS Office Enquiries
Tel: 020 3448 8014/8251
Fax: 020 3448 3633

Private Appointments:

A letter of referral may be required for private patients who have Private Medical Insurance (PMI). Self-paying patients can self-refer.

Private Office Address:
The Private Consulting Rooms
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Queen Square
Private Office Appointments and Enquiries
Tel: 020 3448 8935
Fax: 020 3448 8816

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