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What's spinocerebellar ataxia?

What's spinocerebellar ataxia?

Archaic term and : Not used in academic settings due to confused terminology. Was used to describe both hereditary and sporadic neurodegenerative ataxias, but now classify these based on genetic and molecular markers. Amongst these, friedreich's ataxia, ataxia telangiectasia, sca 1-7, mitochondrial. Ataxia is incoordination of movement due to cerebellar dysfunction. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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 can cause spinocerebellar ataxia?

What can cause spinocerebellar ataxia?

Variety of causes...: The causes of spinocerebellar ataxia span several pages, but can be categorized as: hereditary, infectious, medication-related, alcohol-related, traumatic, vitamin deficiency related, etc. The start of an evaluation for ataxia includes a detailed neurological exam by a movement disorder specialist and a brain MRI to see whether the cerebellum is indeed shrinking. ...Read more

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Who once discovered spinocerebellar ataxia?

Who once discovered spinocerebellar ataxia?

17 people at least: Since there are probably at least 17 varieties of spinocerebellar ataxia (of which friedreich's is the most famous) 17 discoverers (or more) probably exist. Why does this matter? ...Read more

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What diseases are similar to spinocerebellar ataxia?

Generic comments: Spinocerebellar ataxias are hereditary conditions, which may have features of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and even blend into pernicious anemia signs. . Other disorders can indeed be confused with SCA's. However, most neurologists can skillfully sort out characteristics, and provide definitive conclusive testing to arrive at correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can there be any cure for spinocerebellar ataxia?

Unfortunately no: Unfortunately, there is no cure for spinocerebellar ataxia. Rehabilitation programs help people maintain function as the disease progresses. ...Read more

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When was spinocerebellar ataxia discovered? What was it originally misdiagnosed as?

When was spinocerebellar ataxia discovered? What was it originally misdiagnosed as?

Unclear question: SCA wasn't "discovered" any more than heart failure, epilepsy and schizophrenia were discovered. They've always been with us. SCA was first systematically DESCRIBED in the 19th century. It wasn't "misdiagnosed" as anything. The CAUSES of SCA have been discovered only recently. There are at least 50 different types of SCA. Are you asking about any one in particular? ...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

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Can a neurologist recommend the best specialist to consult for spinocerebellar ataxia?

Can a neurologist recommend the best specialist to consult for spinocerebellar ataxia?

Movement disorders: Neurologists sub-specializing in movement disorders will often take care of patients with spinocerebellar ataxia. ...Read more

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Could pregnant women who suffer from spinocerebellar ataxia get worse after labor and delivery?

Rather unlikely: Spinocerebellar ataxia is a hereditary condition which is not affected either positively or adversely by pregnancy, labor or delivery, or even breast feeding. ...Read more

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Dx dysautonomia. Breathing difficulties. Does having both genes - Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1)ATXN1 rs697739 C CC +/+ mean something?

Dx dysautonomia. Breathing difficulties. Does having both genes - Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1)ATXN1	rs697739	C	CC	+/+ mean something?

Peut-etre ... non: Dysautonomia is not normally associated with SCA. It is smart to treat the dysautonomia symptoms. Do you know to do this? If that is going well, then I have no advice. What is the reason you had testing for the SCA1 genes? Do you have trouble walking, or does someone in your family have trouble walking? If may be helpful to know. For now though, this may have no significance. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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