Spastic Ataxia is a condition that affects the muscle movements. People with ARSACS typically have abnormal tensing of the muscles (spasticity), difficulty coordinating movements (ataxia), muscle wasting (amyotrophy), involuntary eye movements (nystagmus), and speech difficulties (dysarthria). Other problems may include deformities of the fingers and feet, reduced sensation and weakness in the arms and legs.
HOW IS SPASTIC ATAXIA DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will diagnose the condition based on physical examination and a complete medical history. Genetic testing will be needed for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS SPASTIC ATAXIA TREATED?
There is no cure for spinocerebellar ataxia, which is considered to be a progressive and irreversible disease, although not all types cause equally severe disability.
DID YOU KNOW?
Life span of the patients suffering from this disease is shortened.