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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Cerebellar Ataxia

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Is stem cell therapy a safe way to treat "cerebellar ataxia"?

Is stem cell therapy a safe way to treat "cerebellar ataxia"?

No: Although stem cell therapy may help in the future with many disease the only current successful therapy is bone marrow transplantation for leukemia. Stem cells are an active area of research: see www. Clinicaltrials. Gov for reputable stem cell clinical trials. See http://stemcells. Nih. Gov/info/basics/basics7.Asp for more information. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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Ataxia (Definition)

Ataxia means movements without coordination. People with ataxia have incoordination because the parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are not working properly. Ataxia can be associated with infections, injuries, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system. Ataxias may be hereditary ...Read more


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What are the tests for acute cerebellar ataxia?

What are the tests for acute cerebellar ataxia?

MRI: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more

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Is cerebellar ataxia a result of severe head injury?

Is cerebellar ataxia a result of severe head injury?

It can be: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more

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How are cerebellar degeneration, cerebellar ataxia and paraneoplastic cerebellar related?

How are cerebellar degeneration, cerebellar ataxia and paraneoplastic cerebellar related?

Ataxia: Cerebellar degneration means that the part of the brain that controlls coordination and balance is losing cells and likely getting smaller. Ataxia is the clumsiness, imbalance, slurred speech and/or abnormal eye movements that can accompany cerebellar degeneration. A paraneoplastic cerebellar syndrome is when the body's immune response to cancer somewhere else damages the cerebellum "by mistake". ...Read more

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When I research cerebellar degeneration, I find the terms cerebellar ataxia or paraneoplastic cerebellar. Are these all the same condition?

When I research cerebellar degeneration, I find the terms cerebellar ataxia or paraneoplastic cerebellar. Are these all the same condition?

Not the same: Cerebellar ataxia is the loss of coordination due to an illness affecting the cerebellum (as opposed to one affecting the spinal cord, corpus callosum, etc.) A paraneoplastic cerebellar condition is an illness of the cerebellum related to antibodies produced in response to a malignancy (i.e. cancer). Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Does cerebellar ataxia spread?

Does cerebellar ataxia spread?

It can be: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more

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Can someone run if they have cerebellar ataxia? Or would they fall?

Risky: You don't say what cerebellar ataxia is due to, but if it is interfering with any activities at rest or walking it is very risky. If it is mild it still may be risky to run. Walking is good and safer exercise. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cerebellar ataxia caused by alcohol to improve? I'm 20 months of the drink and still have ataxia, but I have emproved a lot

How long does it take for cerebellar ataxia caused by alcohol to improve? I'm 20 months of the drink and still have ataxia, but I have emproved a lot

Ataxia: You did not say how old you are and how long have you been drinking.
If your exposure is fairly long to alcohol the damage may be irreversible.
However if you have not been drinking for years you need a detailed evaluation including brain imaging to be sure that you did not have a stroke or not suffering from brain tumor. ...Read more

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What is primitive cerebellar ataxia?

What is primitive cerebellar ataxia?

Loss of balance: And muscular control. Speech may be slurred and the patient behaves as though she were drunk with alcohol. A rare cause is vitamin b1 dependency. This is the same as deficiency but the patient needs huge doses of the vitamin. There are published cases of this. It can even be intermittent and inititiated by head injury, or a simple infection. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for cerebellar ataxia?

Is there a cure for cerebellar ataxia?

It can be: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more

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Is spino-cerebellar ataxia contagious?

Is spino-cerebellar ataxia contagious?

No: Spinocerebellar degenerations are genetic disorders that run in families. There is no infectious component. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called sudden loss of coordination (cerebellar ataxia).?

Cerebellar Ataxia: Acute cerebellar ataxia is defined as the sudden loss of coordination or abnormal gait due to abnormal function of the cerebellum. Causes are vast, and include tumors, infectious diseases, and genetic (inherited) etiologies. This is best managed by a neurologist (specialist in the nervous system). ...Read more

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Does spinal cerebellar ataxia effect the heart musscle?

Does spinal cerebellar ataxia effect the heart musscle?

Yes: Friedrich's ataxia, a form described in the 1860's, does cause a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, classically. Some of the other forms may or may not involve the heart. ...Read more

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What's mechanism of action of isoniazid in cerebellar ataxia in multiple sclerosis?

What's mechanism of action of isoniazid in cerebellar ataxia in multiple sclerosis?

Tough to treat: Cerebellar ataxia is a tough problem too control, but Isoniazid is not going to help. In fact, the only drug that has ever seemed useful symptomatically was buspar, and it helped only a small percentage. Better, if you have ms is to immediately treat all relapses, and use a potent disease modifying agent, such as tysabri, (natalizumab) gilenya, or tecfidera, as there is a chance that some problems may reverse. ...Read more

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How is cerebellar ataxia treated?

How is cerebellar ataxia treated?

Supportively: The commonest acquired causes are alcoholism and viral infections. But many cases are due to genetically determined neurodegeneration. If you drink, stop--you might get better. Gait training and ambulatory aides may help. ...Read more

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Does a normal frataxin test result rule out the possibility of friedreich ataxia. And does a normal result of a cat scan rule out cerebellar ataxia?

No and No: The 'frataxin test' reveals the presence of repeat expansions in the frataxin gene which is detected in 96% of fa patients. The rest are due to point mutations uncovered by sequence analysis of the gene and is a separate test. Mri is better than ct to study the posterior fossa. Results depend on the type of cerebellar ataxia of which fa is only one. ...Read more

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Is there any thing that I can take or do cerebellum ataxia degenerative?

Is there any thing that I can take or do cerebellum ataxia degenerative?

Evaluation: The essential task is searching for a treatable cause with your neurologist. The differential diagnosis of ataxia is long--be detailed ; thorough with notes re. Other symptoms. Meanwhile, supportive rx = physical ; occupational therapy, adaptive medical equipment (ex. Shower grab bar, walker). We don't have cures for most hereditary ataxias, but work closely with your neurologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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What clinical trials are currently being done for friedreich's ataxia treatments?

What clinical trials are currently being done for friedreich's ataxia treatments?

Here's a list: Please see the national registry for several FA studies now recruiting: https://clinicaltrials. Gov/ct2/results? Term=friedreich+ataxia&Search=Search

Good luck and I'm glad to see you are interested. ...Read more

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What is considered fast progression in ataxia/cerebellar atrophy? Months? Years?

What is considered fast progression in ataxia/cerebellar atrophy? Months? Years?

Usually slow process: Depends on underlying pathogenesis, and in some cases, contact with a toxin, such as alcohol may speed process over months. An occult cancer which causes a paraneoplastic antibody which attacks the cerebellar cells, can cause atrophy within a few months. Genetic problems occur over several years. Do see atrophy in poorly controlled ms, again over years. ...Read more

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Do you treat ataxia? What is the cost of this treatment? My ataxia induced by ruptured avm

Ataxia: Ataxia is a difficult problem and I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. There are no specific, effective drug treatments for the lack of coordination seen with ataxia. Amantadine, Buspirone hydrochloride (buspar) and Modafinil (provigil) are often tried with variable success. For episodic ataxia, acetazolamide (diamox) or topiramate (topamax) can be effective. Clonazepam (klonopin) is effective in treating specific symptoms, such as muscle jerking (myoclonus) and sleep disturbances. Deep brain stimulation offers a potential surgical remedy but would require further investigation before determining whether you are a candidate. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment or surgery for cerebral ataxia which can give cure or give some what benefit?

Depends on the cause: Treatment of cerebral ataxia depends on the cause, like direct injury to cerebellum, alcohol use and genetic disease
it is thought by many that it is untreatable but there have been some success withfrenkel exercises, trans cranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation
you need to consult a neurologist for the treatment advice. ...Read more

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What are ataxia, cerebellar or spinocerebellar degeneration?

Progressive disorder: Genetic and familial conditions can lead to a progressive degeneration of the cerebellum and brainstem structures. There are many different types. Multiple sclerosis can also cause progressive balance problems that can mimic degenerative disease. Tumors can also mimic degenerative disease. A quality MRI and good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ataxia telangiectasia?

What is the treatment for ataxia telangiectasia?

Symptomatic: Ataxia telangiectasia is a genetic condition with no cure. As such, therapy is directed at treating consequences of this disease. For example, it is best to avoid excess radiation (excess x-rays, ct scans) be wary of any signs of infection (due to immune compromise) and be vigilant about signs of malignancy (weight loss, night sweats, etc.). Physical therapy is also recommended for ataxia. ...Read more

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What treatment is best for friedreichs ataxia?

Prevention: Fa is the most common hereditary ataxia. It is due in most to trinucleotide repeat expansions in the first intron of the frataxin gene resulting in a deficiency of the protein.Treament is symptomatic of the many associated complications. Molecular analysis is essential to prevent its occurrence in subsequent generations. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for spinocerebellar ataxia? Do we have some medicine available to slow or stop it's progress?

What is the best treatment for spinocerebellar ataxia? Do we have some medicine available to slow or stop it's progress?

No cure, but: Many of the conditions can be analyzed via genetic profiles, and this may help future family planning. Treatment may help, and some meds, especially Buspirone can control some of the ataxia, but this is tough. Have found weighted bracelets over wrists and ankles benefit many. Also, contact nat institutes of health, as research studies may be available. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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Loss Of Coordination (Definition)

Loss of coordination is a symptom in which some parts of a person's body should but do not work together in a coordinated way. One example is when several muscles move in an uncoordinated manner, ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Sudden Loss Of Coordination (Definition)

Acute cerebellar ataxia is sudden onset of uncoordinated muscle movement. Acute cerebellar ataxia is most common in children, especially those younger than age 3. It often occurs several weeks ...Read more