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Why am I experiencing a sudden onset of dysarthria (slurred speech) and ataxia (gait trouble)..!?

Why am I experiencing a sudden onset of dysarthria (slurred speech) and ataxia (gait trouble)..!?

Could be serious: These are serious symptoms. If one has sudden onset of speech and gait problems one should call 911 and get immediate medical attention. Causes could be stroke, a medication effect and other conditions - but these are signs that something is effecting the nervous system. ...Read more

Gait (Definition)

Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body" . Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, ...Read more


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What illnesses cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What illnesses cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Some answers: Illnesses that affect the cerebellum and corticospinal tract, or the dorsal columns and corticospinal tract can cause these findings. Stroke is probably the most common, MS is also a possible explanation, there are also others (trauma, infection, neoplastic disease, etc.) ...Read more

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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

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What are the illnesses that cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What are the illnesses that cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Many: A variety of white matter diseases such as leukodystrophies, degenerative spinocerebellar degenerations, carcinomatous meningitis, tumors and bleeding into cerebellum, multiple sclerosis, arteritis, and vasculitis, structural disorders, at base of brain and foramen magnum. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of ataxia and hyperreflexia?

The brain: Hyperreflexia is increased reflexes. This is an "upper motor neuron" issue, and comes from diseases of the brain such as multiple sclerosis or a stroke. Cervical spine stenois (tightness) can also cause this bilaterally. Ataxia is incoordination of motor movements. Most commonly this occurs from disease of the cerebellum. These can be acquired (toxins, low b12) and genetic. ...Read more

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Questions on ataxia telangiectasia causes?

Questions on ataxia telangiectasia causes?

Genetic: Ataxia telangiectasia is caused by a genetic mutation. It is transmitted in an autosomal recessive fashion. This means that for a child to get the disorder, they need to get one damaged chromosome from both parents. Because the parents only had one damaged chromosome, they are not affected; however, the child with two damaged chromosomes, will show signs of the disease. ...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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Please tell me what causes ataxia telangiectasia!?

Please tell me what causes ataxia telangiectasia!?

Genetic disorder: Louis–bar syndrome) is a rare, neurodegenerative, inherited disease causing severe disability. Ataxia refers to poor coordination and telangiectasia to small dilated blood vessels. A-t is caused by a defect in the atm gene, causing the gradual difficulty in coordination in walking, eye movements, etc. ...Read more

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Can celiac cause neurological symptoms like ataxia?

Can celiac cause neurological symptoms like ataxia?

Yes: Neurological complications of gluten enteropathy are rare but recognized. Cerebellar involvement is one of the recognized syndromic manifestations. A neurologist should be consulted. Strict dietary compliance doesn't prevent these complications although as noted they are rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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


Dr. Scott Keith
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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