Ataxia

Damage to the part of the brain (cerebellum) that controls balance and co-ordination

Ataxia is a term for a group of disorders that affect co-ordination, balance and speech, where any part of the body can be affected.

What is Ataxia?

Ataxia is the result of damage to your cerebellum, which is located at the base of your brain. It controls parts of the body through the spinal cord. Damage to the cerebellum can cause problems with:

  • balance when walking or sitting
  • limb co-ordination
  • eye movement
  • speech
The condition is rare, and while symptoms can be relieved, there is no cure.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of Ataxia? icon plus

    There are different types of ataxia, but each one causes problems with balance, co-ordination and speech.

    Common types of ataxia include:

    • Friedreich's - the most common form, and caused by an inherited gene mutation
    • Spinocerebellar - caused by mutations in different genes
    • Episodic - rare displays of the symptoms
    • Gluten - sensitivity to the protein gluten found in wheat products
    • Idiopathic - no known cause
    • Acquired - caused by something other than gene mutation, such as strokes, gluten intolerance, alcohol, vitamin-E deficiency, or head trauma
  • How is Ataxia diagnosed? icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. 
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help determine the best treatment to relieve your symptoms, or prevent them from getting worse. HCA UK offers comprehensive multidisciplinary inpatient rehabilitation programmes to adult patients with acquired brain injury, neurological conditions and complex medical disability.

Our neurology consultants

Our consultants specialise in complex neurology conditions, working closely with physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy teams to support each individual affected with Ataxia.

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From complex neurosurgery to diagnostic tests and rehabiliation therapy sessions, we provide exceptional neurological care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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