Ataxia means 'lack of coordination' and it is a symptom of many
conditions. These are placed into the broad groups below.
Hereditary ataxias - including Friedreich's
ataxia, spinocerebellar ataxias and episodic ataxias (but excluding
Idiopathic progressive ataxias - forms of
cerebellar ataxia associated with neurodegeneration of unknown
Specific neurological disorders in which
progressive ataxia is the dominant symptom eg cerebellar variant of
Other causes of ataxia
Vascular, Inflammatory (eg multiple sclerosis), Traumatic,
Metabolic, Developmental, Toxic / drug-related (eg alcohol),
Neoplastic / paraneoplastic, Epilepsy (in children), Infectious
The MDA offers support for Hereditary Ataxias and
Idiopathic Progressive Ataxias only.
Specific neurological disorders will have their own support
networks as will other causes.
The National Ataxia Foundation - USA - http://www.ataxia.org/
Management of the Ataxias towards best Clinical
This page was reviewed 19 Feb 2016