Learn About Spinocerebellar Ataxia

What is the definition of Spinocerebellar Ataxia?
Spinocerebellar ataxia is a genetic disorder that has many different types. Ataxia is a term that refers to difficulties with movement, balance, coordination, and speech. Spinocerebellar ataxia can appear at any age and is a progressive disorder.
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What are the symptoms of Spinocerebellar Ataxia?
Symptoms of spinocerebellar ataxia depend on the type. Symptoms of spinocerebellar ataxia may appear suddenly or develop over time. Common symptoms of spinocerebellar ataxia include weakness, loss of sensation, and difficulty with eye movements. Additional symptoms of spinocerebellar ataxia may include back-and-forth eye movements, clumsiness, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, loss of fine motor skills, muscle tremors, decreased coordination, difficulty walking, wide-set gait, impaired balance, frequent falls, and heart problems.
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What are the current treatments for Spinocerebellar Ataxia?
There is currently no cure for spinocerebellar ataxia. Treatment for spinocerebellar ataxia depends on the type. Treatment for spinocerebellar ataxia is focused on managing the symptoms and improving mobility. Treatments for symptoms of spinocerebellar ataxia may include medications; physical therapy; occupational therapy; speech therapy; and assistive mobility devices, such as modified eating utensils, communication aids, canes, hiking sticks, walker, wheelchair, or motorized scooter.
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What are the latest Spinocerebellar Ataxia Clinical Trials?
Neuropsychiatry and Cognition in the Context of Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3/Machado-Joseph Disease (SCA3/MJD)

Summary: This research investigates how cognitive-affective aspects evolve during the course of SCA3/MJD. Due to COVID-19 pandemics, this study protocol was adapted for online-only consultations. Evaluations happening after March 2020 have been done by videocall with patients, and no neurological evaluation was thus performed on these patients. A scale on Activities of Daily Living was added to the online ...

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Phenotypes, Biomarkers and Pathophysiology in Spastic Ataxias

Summary: The aim of this study is to determine the clinical spectrum and natural progression of Spastic Ataxias (SPAX) and related disorders in a prospective multicenter natural history study, identify digital, imaging and molecular biomarkers that can assist in diagnosis and therapy development and study the genetic etiology and molecular mechanisms of these diseases.

What are the Latest Advances for Spinocerebellar Ataxia?
A pilot study of idebenone in the treatment of patients with hereditary myopathies.
Erythropoietin in Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 2: Feasibility and Proof-of-Principle Issues from a Randomized Controlled Study.
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Effectiveness of functional trunk training on trunk control and upper limb functions in patients with autosomal recessive hereditary ataxia.