Ataxia

Ataxia is a difficulty with the coordination of physical motions. The cause is usually as the result of a brain condition (e.g. stroke) or a neurological disorder. There are various types of ataxia including cerebellar ataxia, sensory ataxia, and gait ataxia. ...

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Ataxia often occurs when parts of the nervous system that control movement are damaged. 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 ...1

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Causes

Causes of ataxia vary somewhat by types:

Causes of cerebellar ataxia are usually brain disorders (of the cerebellum) such as:

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Causes of Ataxia

Most disorders that result in ataxia cause cells in the part of the brain called the cerebellum to degenerate, or atrophy. Sometimes the spine is also affected. The phrases cerebellar degeneration and spinocerebellar degeneration are used to describe changes that ...2

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Diagnosis of Ataxia

Diagnosis: Visit your GP if you or your child have unexplained symptoms such as balance and co-ordination problems or difficulty walking, talking or swallowing. Family and medical history Your GP may ask whether you have any family history of ...3

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Causes List for Ataxia

Possible causes of Ataxia (or similar symptoms) may include:4

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Similar Symptoms

Is it ataxia? There are a variety of other similar movement symptoms:

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Clinical Features 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 ...5

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Treatments for Ataxia

Is there any treatment? There is no cure for the hereditary ataxias. If the ataxia is caused by another condition, that underlying condition is treated first. For example, ataxia caused by a metabolic disorder may be treated with medications and ...6

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References

  1. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ ataxia/ ataxia.htm
  2. ibid.
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ ataxia/ diagnosis/ 
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ ataxia/ ataxia.htm
  6. ibid.

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