Often abbreviated simply as SCA, Spinocerebellar ataxia is defined as a degenerative genetic disease which can take on multiple forms. Therefore, other names for this condition include Spinocerebellar degeneration or Spinocerebellar atrophy. As the name indicates , this disorder affects the central nervous system. The symptoms of an ataxia vary with the specific type and with the individual patient. In general, a person with ataxia retains full mental capacity but progressively loses physical control.
HOW IS SPINOCEREBELLAR ATAXIA DIAGNOSED?
After examining the medical history, a General Physician/Neurologist diagnoses Spinocerebellar Ataxia by performing a complete physical examination, neuromuscular exam, CT scan, and MRI of the brain and spinal cord.
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?
An estimated 150,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Ataxia. SCAs are the largest group of this hereditary, progressive, degenerative and often fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Spinocerebellar Ataxia can affect anyone of any age