2018 Volume 57 Issue 23 Pages 3439-3443
Myoclonus epilepsy associated with ragged-red fibers (MERRF) is traditionally characterized by myoclonus, generalized epilepsy and ragged-red fibers. We herein report a 42-year-old man who complained of falling after starting running, symptoms resembling those of paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia. He showed only slight muscle weakness of the right quadriceps femoris. Muscle pathology and a genetic analysis identified him as having MERRF with a 8344A>G mtDNA mutation. We diagnosed his symptoms as having been caused by slight quadriceps femoris muscle weakness and exercise intolerance. This case suggests that mitochondrial myopathy should be considered in cases with strong muscle symptoms for muscle weakness.