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Does cerebellar ataxia spread?

Does cerebellar ataxia spread?

It can be: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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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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What is primitive cerebellar ataxia?

What is primitive cerebellar ataxia?

Loss of balance: And muscular control. Speech may be slurred and the patient behaves as though she were drunk with alcohol. A rare cause is vitamin b1 dependency. This is the same as deficiency but the patient needs huge doses of the vitamin. There are published cases of this. It can even be intermittent and inititiated by head injury, or a simple infection. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for cerebellar ataxia?

Is there a cure for cerebellar ataxia?

It can be: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more

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Is spino-cerebellar ataxia contagious?

Is spino-cerebellar ataxia contagious?

No: Spinocerebellar degenerations are genetic disorders that run in families. There is no infectious component. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cerebellar ataxia caused by alcohol to improve? I'm 20 months of the drink and still have ataxia, but I have emproved a lot

How long does it take for cerebellar ataxia caused by alcohol to improve? I'm 20 months of the drink and still have ataxia, but I have emproved a lot

Ataxia: You did not say how old you are and how long have you been drinking.
If your exposure is fairly long to alcohol the damage may be irreversible.
However, if you have not been drinking for years you need a detailed evaluation including brain imaging to be sure that you did not have a stroke or not suffering from brain tumor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for acute cerebellar ataxia?

What are the tests for acute cerebellar ataxia?

MRI: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more

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Can someone run if they have cerebellar ataxia? Or would they fall?

Risky: You don't say what cerebellar ataxia is due to, but if it is interfering with any activities at rest or walking it is very risky. If it is mild it still may be risky to run. Walking is good and safer exercise. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called sudden loss of coordination (cerebellar ataxia).?

Cerebellar Ataxia: Acute cerebellar ataxia is defined as the sudden loss of coordination or abnormal gait due to abnormal function of the cerebellum. Causes are vast, and include tumors, infectious diseases, and genetic (inherited) etiologies. This is best managed by a neurologist (specialist in the nervous system). ...Read more

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When I research cerebellar degeneration, I find the terms cerebellar ataxia or paraneoplastic cerebellar. Are these all the same condition?

When I research cerebellar degeneration, I find the terms cerebellar ataxia or paraneoplastic cerebellar. Are these all the same condition?

Not the same: Cerebellar ataxia is the loss of coordination due to an illness affecting the cerebellum (as opposed to one affecting the spinal cord, corpus callosum, etc.) A paraneoplastic cerebellar condition is an illness of the cerebellum related to antibodies produced in response to a malignancy (i.e. cancer). Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Is cerebellar ataxia a result of severe head injury?

Is cerebellar ataxia a result of severe head injury?

It can be: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more

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How are cerebellar degeneration, cerebellar ataxia and paraneoplastic cerebellar related?

Ataxia: Cerebellar degneration means that the part of the brain that controlls coordination and balance is losing cells and likely getting smaller. Ataxia is the clumsiness, imbalance, slurred speech and/or abnormal eye movements that can accompany cerebellar degeneration. A paraneoplastic cerebellar syndrome is when the body's immune response to cancer somewhere else damages the cerebellum "by mistake". ...Read more

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Does spinal cerebellar ataxia effect the heart musscle?

Does spinal cerebellar ataxia effect the heart musscle?

Yes: Friedrich's ataxia, a form described in the 1860s, does cause a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, classically. Some other forms may or may not involve the heart. ...Read more

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What's mechanism of action of isoniazid in cerebellar ataxia in multiple sclerosis?

What's mechanism of action of isoniazid in cerebellar ataxia in multiple sclerosis?

Tough to treat: Cerebellar ataxia is a tough problem too control, but Isoniazid is not going to help. In fact, the only drug that has ever seemed useful symptomatically was buspar, and it helped only a small percentage. Better, if you have ms is to immediately treat all relapses, and use a potent disease modifying agent, such as tysabri, (natalizumab) gilenya, or tecfidera, as there is a chance that some problems may reverse. ...Read more

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Is stem cell therapy a safe way to treat "cerebellar ataxia"?

Is stem cell therapy a safe way to treat "cerebellar ataxia"?

No: Although stem cell therapy may help in the future with many disease the only current successful therapy is bone marrow transplantation for leukemia. Stem cells are an active area of research: see www.Clinicaltrials. Gov for reputable stem cell clinical trials. See http://stemcells. Nih. Gov/info/basics/basics7. Asp for more information. ...Read more

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Does a normal frataxin test result rule out the possibility of friedreich ataxia. And does a normal result of a cat scan rule out cerebellar ataxia?

No and No: The 'frataxin test' reveals the presence of repeat expansions in the frataxin gene which is detected in 96% of fa patients. The rest are due to point mutations uncovered by sequence analysis of the gene and is a separate test. Mri is better than ct to study the posterior fossa. Results depend on the type of cerebellar ataxia of which fa is only one. ...Read more

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Is there anything that I can take or do cerebellum ataxia degenerative?

Is there anything that I can take or do cerebellum ataxia degenerative?

Evaluation: The essential task is searching for a treatable cause with your neurologist. The differential diagnosis of ataxia is long--be detailed ; thorough with notes re. Other symptoms. Meanwhile, supportive rx = physical ; occupational therapy, adaptive medical equipment (ex. Shower grab bar, walker). We don't have cures for most hereditary ataxias, but work closely with your neurologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are ataxia, cerebellar or spinocerebellar degeneration?

Progressive disorder: Genetic and familial conditions can lead to a progressive degeneration of the cerebellum and brainstem structures. There are many types. Multiple sclerosis can also cause progressive balance problems that can mimic degenerative disease. Tumors can also mimic degenerative disease. A quality MRI and good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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What is considered fast progression in ataxia/cerebellar atrophy? Months? Years?

What is considered fast progression in ataxia/cerebellar atrophy? Months? Years?

Usually slow process: Depends on underlying pathogenesis, and in some cases, contact with a toxin, such as alcohol may speed process over months. An occult cancer which causes a paraneoplastic antibody which attacks the cerebellar cells, can cause atrophy within a few months. Genetic problems occur over several years. Do see atrophy in poorly controlled ms, again over years. ...Read more

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What are the signs of cerebeller ataxia?

Symptoms of ataxia: Ataxia symptoms are normally trouble walking, trouble talking or swallowing. When people with ataxia walk, they may walk with their feet apart to prevent falling. They may also have clumsiness when reaching for objects or holding a glass of water for example. ...Read more

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I was having some off balance problems. Had CT of top of head no contrast. Not of cerebellum. Ct scan was clear. Should I get one of cerebellum?

I was having some off balance problems. Had CT of top of head no contrast. Not of cerebellum. Ct scan was clear. Should I get one of cerebellum?

Not neccessarily: A Head CT usually shows your cerebellum as well. Your sinus problems may be the source of the balance issues. A Head MRI shows the cerebellum in more detail but it's unlikely your Head CT missed something major in your cerebellum. Your Head CT can also be repeated with contrast. ...Read more

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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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My mom gets ataxia, so am I likely to get it later?

Ataxia: Most forms of ataxia are inherited, some of them in autosomal recesive some autosomal dominant patter. Please discuss with a specialist in genetic disease to get further counseling and find out your real odds of inheriting or transmitting the disease. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosis with Spinocerebeal ataxia what is this. I also have torsion dystonia what's physical prognosis?

Recently diagnosis with Spinocerebeal ataxia what is this. I also have torsion dystonia what's physical prognosis?

Dystonia: You need to consult a Neurologist for further clarification of your diagnosis. It is an inherited condition involving a part of the brain called Cerebellum : responsible for movements. As for Inherited Dystonia it is usually associated with higher Intelligence. Best of luck. ...Read more

Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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