Friedreich Ataxia (FA)

What is Friedreich Ataxia?

Friedreich Ataxia (FA or FRDA) is a slow, progressive disorder of the nervous system and muscles, which results in an inability to co-ordinate voluntary muscle movements (ataxia). This condition is caused by the degeneration of nerve tissue in the spinal cord and of nerves that extend to peripheral areas such as the arms and legs. FA affects the upper and lower limbs as well as the head and neck. There is a loss of sensations in the arms and legs, but mental capacity is not affected. For more information about Friedreich Ataxia click here.

The Consensus Clinical Management Guidelines for Friedreich Ataxia

Click here to be taken to these guidelines which have been created for both healthcare professionals and people who are affected by this condition. 

Vaccination Recommendations

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Respiratory Care

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Support Groups

Check out the support groups page to see what is available in your area.

Useful websites 

The Friedreichs Ataxia Research Alliance - USA -  http://www.curefa.org/

 July 2014 FARA newsletter 

THIS PAGE WAS REVIEWED 19 FEB 2016