Idebenone – a new drug for patients with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy Review article

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Dorota Szumny
Karolina Czajor
Małgorzata Mulak


Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy is a rare disease caused by a mutation in the mitochondrial DNA. It appears most often in young men, leading to profound, permanent loss of vision in a short time. There is no specific treatment for this condition.
Idebenone is a medicine that administered to patients with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy improves or stops the deterioration of vision. Increasing the number of people during therapy and the duration of treatment will allow in the future to answer the question, whether this drug is effective and safe in a larger group of patients.


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Szumny D, Czajor K, Mulak M. Idebenone – a new drug for patients with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy. Ophthatherapy [Internet]. 2021Mar.17 [cited 2021Oct.26];8(1):32-6. Available from:
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