Prognosis and Outlook for Ataxia

Prognosis for Ataxia

What is the prognosis?

The prognosis for individuals with ataxia and cerebellar/spinocerebellar degeneration varies depending on its underlying cause.

Source: NINDS (NIH)1

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The outlook for ataxia can vary considerably and largely depends on the type of ataxia you have. Some types may remain relatively stable or even improve with time, but most will get progressively worse over many years.

Life expectancy is generally shorter than normal for people with hereditary ataxia, although some people can live well into their 50s, 60s or beyond. In more severe cases, the condition can be fatal in childhood or early adulthood.

For acquired ataxia, the outlook depends on the underlying cause. Some cases may improve or stay the same, while other cases may get gradually worse over time and reduce life expectancy.

Source: NHS Choices UK2

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  1. Source: NINDS (NIH): disorders/ ataxia/ ataxia.htm
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Ataxia/ 

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