Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
What is Spinocerebellar Ataxia?
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is one of 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. As
with other forms of ataxia, SCA results in unsteady and clumsy
motion of the body due to a failure of the fine coordination of
muscle movements, along with other symptoms. The symptoms of the
condition vary with the specific type (there are several), and with
the individual patient. Generally, a person with ataxia retains
full mental capacity but may progressively lose physical control.
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This page was reviewed 19 Feb 2016