A very chronic and progressive and degenerative disorder, Spinocerebellar Ataxia is also called Spinocerebellar atrophy or Spinocerebellar degeneration and it leads to neurodegenerative disorders. The initial symptoms start off with problems in coordinating hand and leg movements, trouble with speed and memory issues. They may also have sudden seizures and problems with cognitive functions.
HOW IS SPINOCEREBELLAR ATAXIA DIAGNOSED?
For a diagnosis of hereditary ataxia, there must be a neurological examination that shows poorly coordinated gait, often combined with uncoordinated finger/hand movements. Difficulty with speech (dysarthria) and uncontrolled eye movements (nystagmus) may also be present. In addition, non-genetic causes of ataxia must be excluded. The hereditary nature of the disorder may be established by a positive family history of ataxia or identifying an ataxia-causing gene mutation.
HOW IS SPINOCEREBELLAR ATAXIA TREATED?
Although there is no cure for Spinocerebellar Ataxia but doctors help cope with the symptoms. Physical therapy and speech therapy can help treat the symptoms and relieve pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to recent studies, approximately 150,000 individuals within the United States have been diagnosed with Spinocerebellar ataxia.