Symptoms of Ataxia

People with ataxia experience a failure of muscle control in their arms and legs, resulting in a lack of balance and coordination or a disturbance of gait. While the term ataxia is primarily used to describe this set of symptoms, it is sometimes also used to refer to a family of disorders. It is not, however, a specific diagnosis.

Source: NINDS (NIH)1

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Any part of the body can be affected, but people with ataxia often have difficulties with:

  • balance and walking
  • speaking
  • swallowing
  • tasks that require a high degree of control, such as writing and eating
  • vision

The exact symptoms and their severity vary depending on the type of ataxia a person has.

Source: NHS Choices UK2

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Two of the most common symptoms of ataxia - slurred speech (dysarthria) and swallowing problems (dysphagia).

Source: NHS Choices UK3

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

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