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What is friedrichs ataxia?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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