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Friedreich's Ataxia Overview

What is Friedreich's ataxia?
Friedreich's ataxia is an inherited neurologic disorder that causes damage to parts of the nervous system that regulate movement and muscle coordination. Friedreich's ataxia is an inherited disorder. Friedreich's ataxia causes progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the cerebellum, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.

What are the symptoms of Friedreich's ataxia?
Symptoms of Friedreich's ataxia include incoordination, muscle weakness, leg weakness, problems with balance, slurred speech, and difficulty walking.

How does the doctor treat Friedreich's ataxia?
There is no cure for Friedreich's ataxia. Treatment for Friedreich's ataxia may include surgery for scoliosis, physical therapy, and medications to control symptoms.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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