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well in general, there are 150,000 in the US that have ataxia. for more information please visit

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Q: How many people have spinocerebellar ataxia?
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Was there ever a case of spinocerebellar ataxia in the Philippines?

Yes, spinocerebellar ataxia cases have been reported in the Philippines. Spinocerebellar ataxia is a rare genetic disorder that affects coordination and movement. Symptoms can vary depending on the type of spinocerebellar ataxia and its severity. Treatment is usually focused on managing symptoms and providing support to patients and their families.

Is restless leg syndrome connected to ataxia?

It is one of the symptoms of Spinocerebellar Ataxia.

Is spinocerebellar ataxia as dangerous?

yes it is there is no cure for this disease

Who was the first victim of Spinocerebellar ataxia?

Dorian Van Dabooblin. Your welcome.

What causes spinocerebellar ataxia?

Usually some form of damage to the cerebellum, for example a stroke that causes the death of some of the cerebellum.

What is the treatment for spinocerebllar ataxia?

Treatment for spinocerebellar ataxia is mainly focused on managing symptoms and improving quality of life. This may involve physical therapy to improve balance and coordination, speech therapy to address communication difficulties, and medications to manage symptoms such as tremors or stiffness. Genetic counseling may also be recommended for individuals with a family history of the condition.

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What is the role of genetic testing in spinocerebellar ataxia?

Genetic testing of at-risk family members can be performed when an affected individual has a known genetic mutation. Testing of high-risk family members without symptoms raises many issues.

What is spinocerebellar degeneration disease?

What are Spinocerebellar Degeneration Disease?Ataxia often occurs when parts of the nervous system that control movement are damaged. People with ataxia experience a failure of muscle control in their arms and legs, resulting in a lack of balance and coordination or a disturbance of gait. While the term ataxia is primarily used to describe this set of symptoms, it is sometimes also used to refer to a family of disorders. It is not, however, a specific diagnosis. Most disorders that result in ataxia cause cells in the part of the brain called the cerebellum to degenerate, or atrophy. Sometimes the spine is also affected. The phrases cerebellar degeneration and spinocerebellar degeneration are used to describe changes that have taken place in a person's nervous system; neither term constitutes a specific diagnosis. Cerebellar and spinocerebellar degeneration have many different causes. The age of onset of the resulting ataxia varies depending on the underlying cause of the degeneration. Many ataxias are hereditary and are classified by chromosomal location and pattern of inheritance: autosomal dominant, in which the affected person inherits a normal gene from one parent and a faulty gene from the other parent; and autosomal recessive, in which both parents pass on a copy of the faulty gene. Among the more common inherited ataxias are Friedreich's ataxia and Machado-Joseph disease. Sporadic ataxias can also occur in families with no prior history. Ataxia can also be acquired. Conditions that can cause acquired ataxia include stroke, multiple sclerosis, tumors, alcoholism, peripheral neuropathy, metabolic disorders, and vitamin deficiencies. Is there any treatment?There is no cure for the hereditary ataxias. If the ataxia is caused by another condition, that underlying condition is treated first. For example, ataxia caused by a metabolic disorder may be treated with medications and a controlled diet. Vitamin deficiency is treated with vitamin therapy. A variety of drugs may be used to treat gait and swallowing disorders. Physical therapy can strengthen muscles, while special devices or appliances can assist in walking and other activities of daily life. What is the prognosis?The prognosis for individuals with ataxia and cerebellar/spinocerebellar degeneration varies depending on its underlying cause. What research is being done?The NINDS supports and conducts a broad range of basic and clinical research on cerebellar and spinocerebellar degeneration, including work aimed at finding the cause(s) of ataxias and ways to treat, cure, and, ultimately, prevent them. Scientists are optimistic that understanding the genetics of these disorders may lead to breakthroughs in treatment.

Is spinocerebellar ataxia considered MS?

No. MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) are different diseases. MS affects the degeneration of "myelin", which is the coating around neurons responsible for ensuring that signals travel smoothly. SCAs (there are a handful) result in the degeneration of different regions of the brain, depending on the particular type of SCA. Some SCAs are inheritedly genetically where if a parent is affected, a child would have a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. SCAs are sometimes misdiagnosed as MS. Hope that helps.

How many families are known to have the sca11 ataxia world wide?

my partner has theataxia sca11 and i would like to know how many people have it world wide and does the subject have shortened life span, as her father has it to and it hasn't affected him by shortening his life

How can you treat Spinocerebellar ataxia?

Hi my name is Shig Hamachi I have spinocerebellar ataxia SCA6. My birth date is 3/29/1941. I am responding to this question because I used to get severe cramps in my fingers, legs, feet and had stiffness and tremors when I got out of bed in the morning. I started taking 1500 mg calcium magnesium with 400iu vitamin D and all my cramps, stiffness and tremor went away. I had a calcium deficiency because my body cannot channel calcium properly. This caused my ataxia because my cells in the cerebellum died because of lack of calcium.