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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Spinocerebellar Degeneration

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What are the symptoms of cerebellar degeneration?

What are the symptoms of cerebellar degeneration?

Ataxia: The cerebellum is responsible for balance and coordination of movement. Ataxia is the fancy word for massive loss of balance. Such a person behaves as though she is drunk with alcohol. Speech may bne slurred or incomprehensible. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cerebellar degeneration?

What are the symptoms of cerebellar degeneration?

The easy ones first!: If you want to learn about cerebellar degeneration, I recommend the book "Cerebellar Degenerations: Clinical Neurobiology." 512 pp, price new $487.83 at Amazon, but used only $474.08. If that's more brain/pain than you bargained for, try the NINDS Cerebellar Degeneration page at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebellar_degeneration/cerebellar_degeneration.htm. ...Read more

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

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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What are the symptoms of visual impairments like macular degeneration?

What are the symptoms of visual impairments like macular degeneration?

See a retina special: Patients complain of central visual distortion and/or blurring. An amsler grid for at-home testing of vision is an excellent way to monitor for this and other macular diseases. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration?

What are the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration?

Decreased vision: Both the wet and dry forms of armd cause decrease in central vision. Distortion is often an early symptom and an amsler grid is a good self screening tool. Vision loss from the dry form is usually slowly progressive and lessor in degree than the wet form which can have very dramatic decrease in vision that is rapid and significant. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of macular degeneration?

What are early symptoms of macular degeneration?

Vision changes: The first symptom most people experience with macular degeneration is a change in vision. An amsler grid is a simple screening tool available for home use that can allow patients who are at risk for macular degeneration to monitor for such changes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

Decreased vision: Symptoms of macular degeneration may include: decreased central vision, distortion of straight lines, poor light tolerance and dark adaptation and in very severe cases visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of axon degeneration?

What are the symptoms of axon degeneration?

VARIES: Several peripheral neuropathies are considered "axonal" problems, and these include alcohol nutritional, diabetes, solvent poisoning, porphyria, amyloidosis, but small fibre axonal problems may be seen in sarcoid, sjogren's, lupus, paraproteinemias, celiac disease. Symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness, inability to discern hot/cold. Perhaps problems with balance. ...Read more

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What are ataxia, cerebellar or spinocerebellar degeneration?

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 different 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 symptoms precede the onset of alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseaase?

What symptoms precede the onset of alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseaase?

Different symptoms: Alzheimer's and parkinson's disease are quite different from each other. See these links for the 10 warning signs for each of these disorders. Alzheimer's: http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.Asp parkinson's: http://www.Parkinson.Org/parkinson-s-disease/pd-101/10-early-warning-signs-of-parkinson-s-disease. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of the onset of Parkinson's disease?

What are symptoms of the onset of Parkinson's disease?

Tremor, Poor Control: Tremor or poor control of movement are typical presenting signs. Loss of smell can also be a sign of pd. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of young onset of Parkinson's disease?

What are symptoms of young onset of Parkinson's disease?

See below: Most often there is a unilateral resting tremor in hand, but occasionally there may be vague stiffness or gait imbalance. On occasion, one might see chronic constipation, or impaired swallowing which seems nonspecific, and unilateral foot dystonia, or cramping may occur very early. If there is a question or if runs in your family, see a neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of friedreich's ataxia?

What are the symptoms of friedreich's ataxia?

Ataxia: The first symptom to appear is usually difficulty walking. The ataxia gradually worsens and slowly spreads to the arms and the trunk. There is often loss of sensation in the extremities, which may spread to other parts of the body. Slowness and slurring of speech develops and can get progressively worse. Many people with later stages of friedreich’s ataxia develop hearing and vision loss. ...Read more

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What are the signs of cerebeller ataxia?

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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What are the symptoms of degenerative joint disease?

What are the symptoms of degenerative joint disease?

Stiff sore joints: Stiffness after sleeping or sitting still, then pain and swelling progress and can end up lasting day and night. A rheumatologist is an expert in DJD and can be helpful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of optic atrophy in glaucoma?

What are the symptoms of optic atrophy in glaucoma?

Glaucoma is sneaky!: Glaucomatous optic atrophy typically has very little to no symptoms until very late in the course of the disease. This is why many patient don't take glaucoma seriously until the vision worsens, then it is too late. Late symptoms would be poor or dim vision. Poor night vision. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cortical vision impairments?

What are the symptoms of cortical vision impairments?

Visual field loss: Dysfunction in the cortex either disrupts the visual pathways, blocking that portion of the visual signal--or there can be dysfunction of the actual visual processing portion (occipital lobe). In both cases chunks of vision will be lost . Other cortical problems may disrupt pattern recognition, facial recognition or other higher degree visual interpretation. ...Read more

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What are presenting symptoms of Huntington disease?

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What are presenting symptoms of Huntington disease?

Huntington: It is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination & leads to cognitive deficits & psychiatric problems. Symptoms become noticeable between ages 35 & 45, & include jerky random uncontrollable movements called chorea, memory problems, mood changes, etc. ...Read more