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Dr. Walter Husar
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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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Does anyone know possible ataxia symptoms?

Does anyone know possible ataxia symptoms?

Ataxia: Typically balance and coordination are affected first. Incoordination of hands, arms, and legs, and slurring of speech are other common symptoms. Walking becomes difficult and is characterized by walking with feet placed further apart to compensate for poor balance. Impaired coordination of the arms and hands affect a person's ability to perform tasks requiring fine motor control such as writing.

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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.

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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.

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Is severe night time cramping a symptom of ataxia?

Is severe night time cramping a symptom of ataxia?

Usually not: Ataxia refers to a dyscoordination where a person has trouble with gait, balance, fine motor activity. Nocturnal cramping, particularly of the legs, is usually due to an electrolyte imbalance such as low potassium. When one runs, it depletes the potassium stores in the leg muscles. That is why many runners use the gatorade type drinks to replenish their electrolytes.

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Can celiac cause neurological symptoms like ataxia?

Yes: Neurological complications of gluten enteropathy are rare but recognized. Cerebellar involvement is one of the recognized syndromic manifestations. A neurologist should be consulted. Strict dietary compliance doesn't prevent these complications although as noted they are rare.

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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.

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Are there symptoms to predict the sudden loss of coordination?

Are there symptoms to predict the sudden loss of coordination?

Loss of coordination: The loss of coordination is itself a symptom, and sometimes a sign. There are many ways coordination can be impaired, from inner ear problems to brain stem strokes, to acute drug toxicity (including alcohol). More information is needed. I suggest you discuss the problem with your doctor or a neurologist. If you are abruptly, severely impaired, I suggest going to to an emergency department.

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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.

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What different types of ataxia are out there?

Complicated: Motor incoordination can affect any aspect of motion, gait, speech, etc. Yours is a complex question but basically there are many different types of hereditary ataxias, then there are other types that are related to injury, illness, or things like stroke/ms. Those are technically called secondary types. Visit www.Ataxia.Org.

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What is the definition or description of: Friedreich's ataxia?

Friedreich's ataxia: Friedreich's ataxia = inherited disease that causes nervous system damage with possible symptoms of lack of coordination, abnl curvature of spine, heart disease & diabetes.

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What is friedrichs ataxia?

What is friedrichs ataxia?

Hereditary ataxia: An autosomal dominant disorder causing mitochondrial dysfunction and worsening due to oxidative stress. Spinal disorder usually presenting at a young age, with ataxia, dysarthria, leg weakness, numbness, pes cavus, scoliosis, and cardiomyopathy. Genetic testing for frataxin is confirmatory. There is a variation of ataxia with vitamin E deficiency which is similar, but responds to vit e.

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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.

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Is a cure for ataxia close to discovery yet?

Complex: Ataxia is a sign of brainstem cerebellar dysfunction and is not a disease. It is caused by several problems, including strokes, multiple sclerosis, brain hemorrhages, metabolic disorders, etc. Some of the problems can be reversed like b-12 deficiency, or use of thiamine, but most still elude cure.

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What illnesses cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Some answers: Illnesses that affect the cerebellum and corticospinal tract, or the dorsal columns and corticospinal tract can cause these findings. Stroke is probably the most common, MS is also a possible explanation, there are also others (trauma, infection, neoplastic disease, etc.)

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What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Here are a few: May see with spinocerebellar degenerations, such a freidrich's ataxia, not unique to find in multiple sclerosis, might see with von hippel lindau syndrome, sometimes occurs with lupus, vasculitis, sjogren's. Occasionally a meningioma at the base of brain can present this way. Some brainstem strokes do this. Might go to wikepedia, or a site such as mayo clinic, as more information in depth there.

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What's the difference between asynergia and ataxia?

What's the difference between asynergia and ataxia?

Ataxia includes it: Ataxia is a disturbance in the smooth performance of voluntary motor acts. Asynergia is the lack of synergy of the various muscle components or in other words the decomposition of movement. Ataxia includes other abnormalities of voluntary movement control such as asynergia.

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Q. Is it safe to masburate during friedreich's ataxia??

Q. Is it safe to masburate during friedreich's ataxia??

Yes: Just don't attempt while driving or in public

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Loss Of Coordination (Definition)

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Trouble Walking (Definition)

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