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What is ataxia?
Ataxia is a symptom, not a specific disease or diagnosis. Ataxia means clumsiness, or loss of coordination. Ataxia may affect the fingers and hands, the arms or legs, the body, speech or eye movements. This loss of coordination may be caused by a number of different medical or neurologic conditions; for this reason, it is important that a person with ataxia seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause of the symptom and to get the appropriate treatment.

Disease characteristics:
The hereditary ataxias are a group of genetic disorders characterized by slowly progressive incoordination of gait and often associated with poor coordination of hands, speech, and eye movements. Frequently, atrophy of the cerebellum occurs. The hereditary ataxias are categorized by mode of inheritance and causative gene or chromosomal locus.



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Hereditary Ataxia Overview (GeneClinics)

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Ataxia information cards

Dominant Ataxias (SCA's, MJD, EA1-4, ADSA, ...)

Walking Sticks and Canes

Recessive Ataxias (FA, ARSA's, AT, AOA1&2, SCA8, ...)

Wheeled Walking aids

Other Ataxias and related disorders (OPCA, MSA, SDS, ...)

Wheelchairs & Scooters

Neurological Symptoms related to ataxia

Transfer aids and lifts

Glossary (A compilation of basic terms somehow relating to ataxia)

Disability Equipment Suppliers, Products and Resources

Research Articles & Studies

Cars, Vans & Vehicle Conversions

Ataxia Research Centres

Care giving

General Ataxia Research Timeline



ABLEDATA database

Gene Therapy: Information & Centres

Glaxo Neurological Centre

Genetic testing: Information & Centres

Various Ataxia Information Pamphlets

Ataxia Clinics (North America)

Vitamins and Drugs

Not sure where to look? Try looking at one of the classification sites below first.


 Ataxias: Classification  From Washington. University of St Louis

 Dominant ataxias  (from WUStL)

 Recessive ataxias  (from WUStL)