Ataxia describes a lack of muscle control during voluntary movements, such as walking or picking up objects. A sign of an underlying condition, ataxia can affect movement, speech, eye movement and swallowing. If you aren't aware of having a condition that causes ataxia, such as multiple sclerosis, see your doctor if you Lose balance, Lose muscle coordination in a hand, arm or leg, Have difficulty walking, Slur your speech, Have difficulty swallowing.
Symptoms of Ataxia are Gait/Posture abnormalities, Fine motor incoordination, Speech and swallowing difficulties, Visual abnormalities, Increased fatigue, Cognitive and Mood Problems. Causes are Inherited/Genetic: Autosomal Dominant; Autosomal Recessive; X-Linked; Associated with a Mitochondrial Disorder. Acquired: Structural/Demyelinating; Toxic/Metabolic; Paraneoplastic; Infectious/Postinfectious; Autoimmune.
There's no treatment specifically for ataxia. Adaptive devices or therapies are recommended to help with your ataxia. The pooled prevalence average yielded a value for Hereditary cerebellar ataxias is close to 1:10,000 people, whereas the prevalence range in multisource population-based studies is 4.8-13.9/105.