Ataxia

Common Name(s)

Ataxia

Ataxia occurs as a result of damage to a part of the brain called the cerebellum which controls muscle movement. Other causes of ataxia include alcohol abuse, stroke, tumor, cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis. Ataxia can be passed on through your genes without your parents ever showing symptoms of having the disease. Common symptoms of ataxia include slurred speech, difficulty walking, losing your balance and having trouble swallowing. As ataxia develops, it may become harder to walk, button up shirts, grasp small objects, swallow food/saliva or control your eye movements. Treatment for ataxia includes physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy depending on what type of ataxia you have been diagnosed with.

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Following organizations serve the condition "Ataxia" for support, advocacy or research.

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Ben's Friends

Our mission is to ensure that everyone in the world with a rare disease has a safe place to go and connect with others like them.

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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Movement Disorder Society

The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is an international professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, who are interested in Parkinson's disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control.

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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National Ataxia Foundation

The National Ataxia Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of persons affected by ataxia through support, education, and research.

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Ataxia" for support, advocacy or research.

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Ben's Friends

Our mission is to ensure that everyone in the world with a rare disease has a safe place to go and connect with others like them.

http://www.bensfriends.org

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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Movement Disorder Society

The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is an international professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, who are interested in Parkinson's disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control.

http://www.movementdisorders.org/MDS.htm

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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National Ataxia Foundation

The National Ataxia Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of persons affected by ataxia through support, education, and research.

http://www.ataxia.org

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Ataxia" returned 1763 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Inheritance patterns of ATCCT repeat interruptions in spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10) expansions.
 

Author(s): Ivette Landrian, Karen N McFarland, Jilin Liu, Connie J Mulligan, Astrid Rasmussen, Tetsuo Ashizawa

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Spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10), an autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia disorder, is caused by a non-coding ATTCT microsatellite repeat expansion in the ataxin 10 gene. In a subset of SCA10 families, the 5'-end of the repeat expansion contains a complex sequence of penta- ...

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2017

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Clinical characteristics of patients with cerebellar ataxia associated with anti-GAD antibodies.
 

Author(s): Tiago Silva Aguiar, Andrea Fragoso, Carolina Rouanet de Albuquerque, Patrícia de Fátima Teixeira, Marcus Vinícius Leitão de Souza, Lenita Zajdenverg, Soniza Vieira Alves-Leon, Melanie Rodacki, Marco Antônio Sales Dantas de Lima

Journal: Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2017 Mar;75(3):142-146.

 

This retrospective and descriptive study evaluated the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with CA-GAD-ab.

Last Updated: 29 Mar 2017

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Early-Onset Friedreich's Ataxia With Oculomotor Apraxia.
 

Author(s): Amene Saghazadeh, Sina Hafizi, Firouzeh Hosseini, Mahmoud Reza Ashrafi, Nima Rezaei

Journal: Acta Med Iran. 2017 Feb;55(2):128-130.

 

Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is a rare autosomal recessive spinocerebellar ataxia which in the majority of cases is associated with a GAA-trinucleotide repeat expansion in the first intron of Frataxin gene located on chromosome 9. The clinical features include progressive gait and limb ...

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2017

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The terms "Ataxia" returned 134 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Mechanisms of Non-canonical Activation of Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated.
 

Author(s): S V Khoronenkova

Journal: Biochemistry Mosc.. 2016 Dec;81(13):1669-1675.

 

ATM is a master regulator of the cellular response to DNA damage. The classical mechanism of ATM activation involves its monomerization in response to DNA double-strand breaks, resulting in ATM-dependent phosphorylation of more than a thousand substrates required for cell cycle progression, ...

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2017

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Itajaí, Santa Catarina - Azorean ancestry and spinocerebellar ataxia type 3.
 

Author(s): Hélio A G Teive, Adriana Moro, Walter O Arruda, Salmo Raskin, Gladys M G Teive, Norberto Dalabrida, Renato P Munhoz

Journal: Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2016 Oct;74(10):858-860.

 

The authors present a historical review of spinocerebellar ataxia type 3/Machado-Joseph disease (SCA3/MJD), the most common form of spinocerebellar ataxia in Brazil, and consider the high frequency of cases in families from Itajaí, a city on the coast of the state of Santa Catarina ...

Last Updated: 19 Oct 2016

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Single Nucleotide Polymorphism rs1801516 in Ataxia Telangiectasia-Mutated Gene Predicts Late Fibrosis in Cancer Patients After Radiotherapy: A PRISMA-Compliant Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Yuyu Zhang, Ziling Liu, Mengmeng Wang, Huimin Tian, Keju Su, Jiuwei Cui, Lihua Dong, Fujun Han

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Apr;95(14):e3267.

 

Studies on associations between ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) polymorphisms and late radiotherapy-induced adverse events vary in clinical settings, and the results are inconsistent.We conducted the first meta-analysis following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews ...

Last Updated: 9 Apr 2016

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Biomarkers in Friedreich's Ataxia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Friedreich's Ataxia

 

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2017

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Rosuvastatin (Crestor) in Friedreich Ataxia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Friedreich Ataxia

 

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2017

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Cerebellar Non-invasive Stimulation in Ataxias
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cerebellar Ataxia

 

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2017

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