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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. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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 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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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. Sheila Smith
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Trouble Walking (Definition)

The inability to ambulate in a normal manner. This gait disturbance can be due to a host of reasons to include, but not limited to, orthopedic, ...Read more