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Objective The aim of this study was to translate and adapt the Newcastle Paediatric Mitochondrial Disease Scale (NPMDS) to Portuguese for use in Brazil. Methods The scale was applied in 20 pediatric patients with mitochondrial disease, in three groups: myopathy (n = 4); Leigh syndrome (n = 8); and encephalomyopathy (n = 8). Scores were obtained for the various dimensions of the NPMDS, and comparisons were drawn between the groups. Results There was a statistically significant difference betweendoi:10.1590/0004-282x20160137 pmid:27901256 fatcat:2t5z62stmraq5pdd22xxvqtygy