We are studying an investigational drug called sodium dichloroacetate (DCA). Investigational means that the study drug has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that its use in this study is experimental. This a purpose of this research study is to determine whether DCA is a helpful treatment for patient with pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC) deficiency (PDCD).
Mitochondrial Disease Clinical Studies
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The purpose of this research study is to 1) validate the use of surveys such as fatigue
scales, Mitochondrial Disease scales, and quality of life scales, 2) validate clinical
exams, such as muscle strength tests, and the 6 minute walk test, and 3) to define the
natural history of the disease in the Mitochondrial Disease patient population.