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Friedrich's ataxia

Ataxia is a term that describes a group of neurological disorders that affect co-ordination, balance and speech.
Symptoms of ataxia
The first noticeable symptoms of hereditary ataxia are usually a progressive loss of co-ordination and balance in your hands, arms and legs.
Causes of ataxia
Ataxia is caused by damage to a part of the brain known as the cerebellum, and sometimes damage to part of the spinal cord or peripheral nerves.
Diagnosing ataxia
Visit your GP if you or your child have unexplained symptoms such as balance and co-ordination problems, or difficulty walking, talking or swallowing.
Treating ataxia
If you have hereditary ataxia, you'll have a care plan outlining your treatment needs. Treatment for acquired ataxia will depend on the underlying cause.