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Doctor insights on: How To Treat Ataxia Telangiectasia

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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

Dr. William Singer
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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 is the cure of ataxia telangiectasia?

What is the cure of ataxia telangiectasia?

Unfortunately none: Unfortunately there is no cure for ataxia telangiectasia. The only treatment is physical and occupational therapy to help maintain function that remain as the disease progresses. ...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 sort of problem is ataxia telangiectasia?

What sort of problem is ataxia telangiectasia?

Ataxia: Ataxia telangiectasia is a condition in which abnormal vessel growth occurs in various parts of the body, especially in the motor control portion of the brain base (causing ataxia) and other parts of the body including the retina, kidney and other internal organs. It needs careful following by your physician with neurologic input at times. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ataxia telangiectasia?

What are the symptoms of ataxia telangiectasia?

Many components: This is a recessive inherited disorder with many manifestations, most starting in early childhood including ataxic (drunken like) walking, peculiar eye tracking motions which inhibit learning, telangiectasia which are dilated blood vessels especially prominent on the eyes but also in sun exposed areas, and many other problems. Your pediatrician can help with diagnosis and management. ...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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Does anyone know of any good sites for information about ataxia telangiectasia?

Try these: I would refer to the national institute of health page at: http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/a_t/a-t.Htm as well as the national cancer institutes site at http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/ataxia these sites document frequent causes of morbidity in at, notably the ataxia as well as susceptibility to malignancy and immunocompromise that occur in this condition. ...Read more

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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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Could I be suffering from either early onset Parkinson's or ataxia telangiectasia?

Could I be suffering from either early onset Parkinson's or ataxia telangiectasia?

What symptoms?: What symptoms are you experiencing? Ataxia telangiectasia is a genetic condition that manifests in children, so it is unlikely that you are developing this condition now. However, without any more details, it is difficult to point you in any particular direction. ...Read more

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Can preimplantation genetic diagnosis testing work on diagnosising ataxia telangiectasia?

Can preimplantation genetic diagnosis testing work on diagnosising ataxia telangiectasia?

Perhaps: It is a genetic disorder with the parents acting as carriers. Atcp.Org might be a good starting place to investigate genetic counseling prior to conception and try to evaluate your risk. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my son is suffering from either early onset Parkinson's or ataxia telangiectasia?

How can I tell if my son is suffering from either early onset Parkinson's or ataxia telangiectasia?

How old is he? What: are his symptoms? I assume he is an adult, in which case you can only encourage him to see his primary care provider. If your son has altered gait, tremors &/or other neurological signs & symptoms, he'll probablybe referred to a neurologist. Such symptoms warrant evaluation & treatment, but it's his choice to seek medical care. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son is suffering from either early onset Parkinson's or ataxia telangiectasia?

What do you suggest if my son is suffering from either early onset Parkinson's or ataxia telangiectasia?

Totally different!: See a neurologist. The two conditions are totally different and can be diagnosed relatively easily by a specialist ...Read more

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What is the relation between the nature and symptoms of xeroderma pigmentosum and ataxia telangiectasia ?

What is the relation between the nature and symptoms of xeroderma pigmentosum and ataxia telangiectasia ?

Deficiency in some : part of cell mechanisms that detect & repair damage to DNA molecules that encode their genome occur in 5 inherited diseases: ataxia-telangiectasia (AT), Fanconi anemia, Bloom syndrome, Cockayne syndrome & Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP).7 different mutant repair genes cause XP; types A, C, D & E are on Chromosome 9q.22. Mutations in ATM genes cause AT. Groups A,C,D & E are on Chromosome 11q2. ...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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How do you treat a child with ataxia?

How do you treat a child with ataxia?

Seriously: Ataxia suggests that there is a serious problem in the cerebellum, part of the brain. It needs neurological investigation. Sometimes there is a biochemical reason involving energy metabolism and this should be considered if neurologica studies do not find a reason such as a tumor. ...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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Friedreich's ataxia, can you tell me some more information about what this is and how it's treated?

Degerative dis: A variety of Spino cerebellar degeneration is named after the German specialist FREIDRICH It can be hereditary and can only be treated with rehab and physical therapy It starts around age 12 and progresses,though the rate of deterioration is varied ...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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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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. Iyore Otabor
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Ataxia Telangiectasia (Definition)

Ataxia telangiectasia is a rare inherited medical condition that presents in childhood with problems walking, sensitivity to sunlight, and spider like collection of dilated blood vessels close ...Read more