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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Spinocerebellar Degeneration

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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'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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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

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When was spinocerebellar ataxia discovered? What was it originally misdiagnosed as?

When was spinocerebellar ataxia discovered? What was it originally misdiagnosed as?

Unclear question: SCA wasn't "discovered" any more than heart failure, epilepsy and schizophrenia were discovered. They've always been with us. SCA was first systematically DESCRIBED in the 19th century. It wasn't "misdiagnosed" as anything. The CAUSES of SCA have been discovered only recently. There are at least 50 different types of SCA. Are you asking about any one in particular? ...Read more

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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

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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