Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia or ARSACS causes muscle degeneration in children, and infants at 12-13 months after birth, when they are beginning to walk. The condition affects coordination of movement, mobility of limbs and eyes, and causes unsteady gait, muscle spasms and even speech disorder. The spastic ataxia is brought about by genetic mutation which worsen with age and the patients are usually compelled to move about in wheelchairs by the time they are 30-40 years of age.
HOW IS SPASTIC ATAXIA DIAGNOSED?
Surgical or medicinal procedures are usually adopted to stall the genetic mutation.