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Friedreich's Ataxia

Friedreich ataxia is an inherited disease that damages your nervous system. The damage affects your spinal cord and the nerves that control muscle movement in your arms and legs. Symptoms usually begin between the ages of 5 and 15. The main symptom is ataxia, which means trouble coordinating movements. Specific symptoms include:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Muscle weakness
  • Speech problems
  • Involuntary eye movements
  • Scoliosis (curving of the spine to one side)
  • Heart palpitations, from the heart disease which can happen along with Friedreich ataxia

People with Friedreich ataxia usually need a wheelchair 15 to 20 years after symptoms first appear. In severe cases, people become incapacitated. There is no cure. You can treat symptoms with medicines, braces, surgery, and physical therapy.

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  1. Friedreich Ataxia (National Library of Medicine)  
    Friedreich ataxia is an inherited disease that damages your nervous system. The damage affects your spinal cord and ... the heart disease which can happen along with Friedreich ataxia People with Friedreich ataxia usually need a wheelchair ...
  2. Friedreich ataxia is a genetic condition that affects the nervous system and causes movement problems. People with this condition develop impaired muscle coordination ( ...
  3. Friedreich ataxia is a rare disease passed down through families (inherited). It affects the muscles and heart. ... Friedreich ataxia is caused by a defect in a gene called frataxin (FXN). Changes in this gene cause ...
  4. Friedreich Ataxia From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    Friedreich Ataxia/Start Here ... Friedreich Ataxia ... National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke ... Friedreich ataxia (FA) is a rare inherited disease ...
  5. Friedreich's Ataxia (FA) (Muscular Dystrophy Association)  
    Friedreich Ataxia/Start Here ... Friedreich Ataxia ... Muscular Dystrophy Association ... MDA is the #1 health nonprofit advancing research, care and advocacy for people ...
  6. Friedreich's Ataxia (FA): Diagnosis (Muscular Dystrophy Association)  
    Friedreich Ataxia/Diagnosis and Tests
  7. ClinicalTrials.gov: Friedreich Ataxia From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
    Friedreich Ataxia/Clinical Trials ... Friedreich Ataxia
  8. ... deficiency AVED Familial isolated vitamin E deficiency FIVE Friedreich ataxia phenotype with selective vitamin E deficiency Friedreich-like ataxia Genetic Testing Registry: Familial isolated deficiency of vitamin ...
  9. ... to 33 times (referred to as long normal). Friedreich ataxia results from an increased number of copies (expansion) ... to the age at which the symptoms of Friedreich ataxia appear. People with GAA segments repeated fewer than ...
  10. Exercising with a Muscle Disease (Muscular Dystrophy Association) - PDF  
    Neuromuscular Disorders/Living With ... Neuromuscular Disorders ... Muscular Dystrophy Association ... PDF ... muscular dystrophy; exercise with a disability; neuromuscular ...
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