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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Ataxia (Overview)

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 ataxias or sporadic ataxias.


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What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Here are a few: May see with spinocerebellar degenerations, such a freidrich's ataxia, not unique to find in multiple sclerosis, might see with von hippel lindau syndrome, sometimes occurs with lupus, vasculitis, sjogren's. Occasionally a meningioma at the base of brain can present this way. Some brainstem strokes do this. Might go to wikepedia, or a site such as mayo clinic, as more information in depth there. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
183 doctors shared insights

Ataxia (Overview)

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 ataxias or sporadic ataxias.


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What does it mean if I have ataxia?

What does it mean if I have ataxia?

Ataxia: The word ataxia means without coordination. People with ataxia have problems with coordination because parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements. ...Read more

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With what meds do you treat ataxia?

With what meds do you treat ataxia?

Ataxia: Ataxia is usually caused by a neurodegenerative condition such as from acute and chronic alcoholism, a number of hereditary degenerative disease, a stroke or bleeding, particularly in the hind part of the brain (cerebellum), or sometimes by dysfunction of the vestibular nerve that controls balance. There no specific medications to treat this symptom. The cause has to be treated or go away. ...Read more

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What treats ataxia telangiectasia!?

What treats 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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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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How do people live if they have friedreich's ataxia?

Making adjustments: Although progressive, this condition is usually only slowly progressive. This allows sufferers to learn tricks to adapt themselves, alter their environments, educate their friends & families about what to expect & how to assist them. Balance and lower extremity weakness are the main issues which can be compensated. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for friedreich's ataxia?

What is the treatment for friedreich's ataxia?

Frederick's ataxia : Idebenone is medicine approved in canada, none in usa. Other tx include surgical placement of metal rod in spine, treating heart complications ex. Digoxin, physical therapy, occupational therapy. ...Read more

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What treatment is best for friedreichs ataxia?

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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My mother is 62 years old and she is suffering from ataxia.Is there any way to cure ataxia?

Depends: Some ataxias are genetic and incurable but some, for example ataxia caused by vitamin e deficiency, might be improved with supplementation. Whether or not your mom can be cured depends on the cause of the ataxia. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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. Jed Kwartler
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Balance Problems (Definition)

Balance problems is a symptom in which a person has trouble staying in a steady position when sitting, ...Read more