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How does spinocerebellar ataxia affect the other systems?

How does spinocerebellar ataxia affect the other systems?

Too many to answer: The spinocerebellar ataxias (sca) are inherited conditions with ataxia & other symptoms. I believe that nearly 60 different scas currently identified. The different scas involve different genes and have different symptoms. Some may look parkinsonian. Sca-17 has prominent dementia without knowing which sca, this question is impossible to answer. A local movement disorder neurologist can help you. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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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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Can you tell me how spinocerebellar ataxia affect the other organ systems?

Can you tell me how spinocerebellar ataxia affect the other organ systems?

Part of the problem: There are different types of spino-cerebellar ataxia syndromes. Many of them have involvement of the autonomic nervous system producing problems with the normal function of many organs in the thorax, abdomen and pelvix, beside changes if the muscle tone and coordination. Genetic studies will determine the specific type. Thanks ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can spinocerebellar ataxia affect the other organ systems?

Can you tell me how can spinocerebellar ataxia affect the other organ systems?

Surely: Classic model is Freidrich's ataxia, associated with scoliosis, cardiomyopathy, retinitis pigments, hearing loss, and cataracts. Another disorder. olivopontocerebellar ataxia might cause autonomic issues, such as orthostatic hypertension. So, yes, we do encounter systemic associations with many of these disorders. ...Read more

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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

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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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Anyone know what is a similar disease to motor neurone and spinocerebellar ataxia?

Anyone know what is a similar disease to motor neurone and spinocerebellar ataxia?

Usually not similar: Motor neuron disease and spinocerebellar ataxia (sca) are very different diseases. The former affects motor neurons that control voluntary muscle activity, while the latter are a group (nearly 60 different ones currently) of disease that are progressive, degenerative, and affect coordination. Sca-36 does have ataxia in combination with motor neuron disease, but this is the exception not the rule. ...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

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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